Russian Chief Coach: “It’s not good if Russia wins all the medals”

Posted on | February 26, 2007 | Category: News

The Russian Chief Coach, Alexander Bliznevsky, hopes gold will go to a number of nations. He thinks about the sport’s future and has developed a new way of organising ski orienteering that is easy to organise and can be something for the media.

– All gold to Russia? No, that’s not good at all. It would be good if a lot of nations get gold, he says.

On Wednesday, his ideas and those of Victor Alyoshin, Chief Inspector of the Russian Orienteering Federation, may be used for the VIP race during the championships in the Moscow Region.

In skiathlon the runners follow the same main track. After the track there are a lot of controls. If you do not punch the right control you receive a penalty loop. The idea is to use the sports stadium and all kinds of formats can be organised with skiathlon. Bliznevsky hopes this new kind of Ski Orienteering will be a good one for being included in the Olympic programme.

It’s not at all necessary to have a lot of resources to organise skiahtlon. That can make it easier to get new countries to organise big competitions.

– I hope there will be more countries fighting for the medals, says Bliznevsky.

At the World Championships in Moscow 23 nations are taking part but the medallists will probably come from a few of the nations. Russia is the big favourite to be the best nation. Then follows Sweden and Finland as the next strongest nations.

While Krennikov is the big favourite to be the Ski-O-King among the men, Tatiana Vlasova is the same among the female competitors. Stine Hjermstad Kirkevik finished her career last year. The Norwegian and her partner, Tommy Olsen, had their second child a couple of months ago.

– Just look at last year when Tomas Löfgren was so good. The Russians have met competition from other countries this winter. There will a lot of good runners, says Bliznevsky, trying to avoid the big favourite label.

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Alexander Bliznevsky is the Chief Coach of the Russian Team and is one of two persons who have developed a new format of ski orienteering that's easy to organise and is inte

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