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Monday, 12 October 2015

New DNR Hockey Federation Head Former KhK Donbass Goalkeeper and Member of “Stars of the NHL” Team

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Today, the founding conference of the DNR all-Republic Federation of Hockey and Figure Skating occurred in Donetsk at the Olympic Arena. Chairman of the DNR People’s Soviet D V Pushilin and DNR Minister of Youth, Sport, and Tourism Mikhail Mishin attended the event. The conference approved the regulations, structure, and a list of the main activities of the new sports association. Twelve voting delegates appointed by a joint decision of the Board of Coaches and managers of physical culture and sport institutions unanimously elected Vladimir Nabokov President of the Federation. He was a former goalkeeper for KhK Donbass and Vice-President of the Regional Hockey Federation, now Deputy Director of Youth Sports School 7. Nabokov said:

Thank you for your trust and for your support of my candidacy for the Presidency of the Federation of Hockey and Figure Skating. It’s a great honour, but at the same time, it’s a huge responsibility. I’ll use all my knowledge to guide development of these sports.

Mishin noted:

Our new sports association has a solid foundation and has a great future. We have a large number signed up at the Ice Palace, and we have good coaching capabilities. Our athletes have already travelled to Russia, and Russian teams have come here. In future, I hope that we’d be able to exchange our experiences.

Nabokov has been directly involved in developing sporting relations between the DNR and the Russian Federation. In May 2015, Nabokov has played in the final match of the Night Amateur Hockey League in Sochi. The former Donbass goalkeeper defended the net for the “Stars of the NHL” team, which included President V V Putin, who triumphed over the rival “NHL Team” with a score of 18:6. Another member of the Stars of the NHL was prominent Soviet hockey player, multiple world champion, and champion of the 1984 Winter Olympics, Vladimir Myshkin. He sent video greetings to participants of today’s conference, wishing the new association a long and fruitful activity.

Nabokov went on to say:

We’ve developed relations with Russia in hockey, but I’m responsible for not one, but two sports. We’ll seek to establish the same relationship with our colleagues in figure skating.

Pushilin addressed the assembly:

There are many challenges facing the federation, but I believe that this is important, even though there’s still a lot of work to do. We’re only doing hockey now in Donetsk, but it’d be better if we could have it throughout the Republic, so that our children could choose to take it up. There are many who’d love to take up hockey and figure skating.

The process of creating sports federations in the DNR started in November 2014; now, there are more than twenty in the Republic. Associations exist for a variety of sports… football, boxing, competitive dancing, canoeing, and climbing. The DNR Ministry of Sport plans to establish new federations of for taekwondo, athletics and gymnastics, functional multiathlon, and Sambo.

11 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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