New skating team!
Today in Astana a memorandum on the establishment of the first in the Kazakhstan history professional skating team was signed.
The project is implemented on the model of cycling team «Astana». Funding of the team will be equally by Kazakh and Dutch sides. In addition to cash investments Dutch side is willing to invest in the project the knowledge in the field of sports medicine, training coaching staff and management. Besides, the memorandum suggests in the short term the joint work on the development program of speed skating in Kazakhstan. Including it is planned to start work on the program of sports infrastructure development.
The key task of the new team is to prepare Kazakhstan athletes for a performance at the Olympic Games in 2018 and 2022, as well as the World Championships. First of all it concerns the performance at the home Sprint Championship, which will take place at the Ice Palace «Alau» (Astana) in February 2015 .
Project officially starts on May 26, 2014. Cooperation is planned until 2022. The Kazakhstan side was involved in the project with the Agency for Sports and Physical Education and National Skating Federation. The Netherlands are represented by 4SKATING team in the person of three times Olympic champion in 1988 Yvonne van Gennip and Olympic champion in 1992 at 10,000 m Bart Veldkamp.
Team name, crew and other details will be announced later.