Kazakhstan is the first country to register their full team for the World Championships with the strongest athletes on the list in Kazakh history. The World Championships in Mexico is looking to be a triumphant event for Kazakhstan with the athletes winning gold and silver medals at previous events throughout 2017.
Elaman Sayasatov, gold medalist at the World Games 2017 who has an amazing technique will be a main confidence booster for the team after an outstanding performance last year.
Vadim Loparev gave 100% at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat and became the viewers’ favorite losing very little to the Iranian Keivan Soleimani in a very close bout. Vadim was one of the reasons team Kazakhstan received the Team Spirit award from IFMA for his amazing performance of sportsmanship at the event. In his 75 kg division Vadim faces rivals with The World Games gold medalist Vital Hurkou from Belarus, Stanislav Perzhanovsky from Ukraine and Diogo Callado from Portugal. Vadim has has a compeditive history with Diogo who kicked him out of the tournament in the World Championships 2017 at the ¼ final stage.
Almaz Sarsembekov defeated all his competitors in Minsk 2017 in the competitive class winning gold, and took bronze at The World Games 2017. There is no way back for him to the younger division and he will start his career anew among the elite athletes.
Ishan Galiev was one of the core team members of Kazakhstan in 2016, making the team after missing a year. He will be one of the athletes to perform in the new weight division of 63,5 kg. In the past events his arch rival was a multiple world champion, defeating Ukrainian tank Konstantin Trishyn. This time Ishan has a chance to surprise another undisputed Ukrainian force in 63,5 Igor Liubchenko.
A number of new names may become famous after the World Championships in Mexico with Kazakhstan bringing a team of 11 athletes to Cancun.