The Minister of Culture and Sports Dauren Abayev held a meeting with the heads of the National Olympic Committee and sports federations to discuss preparations for the Summer Olympic Games in Paris, which will be held in 2024, Qazmonitor reports with reference to the ministry of culture’s press service.
Minister Abayev pointed out that the upcoming Olympics will test the competency of all those involved, including the trainers who prepare the athletes. “Each one of us bears personal responsibility for the results.”
He announced that the Ministry is planning to implement several measures to improve the facilities as well as working conditions of the coaches.
In terms of infrastructure, the Government scheduled the construction of 10 new sports and fitness complexes in Almaty, Atyrau, Karaganda, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar and North Kazakhstan regions. Two new training centers for martial arts have been opened this year, in the premise of the Republican College of Sports and the Akhmetov Republican College of Olympic Reserve Boarding School.
Pay for sports judges will gradually increase from 10% to 100% of the base salary, starting from July 1, 2022 until 2024. In 2022 - from 2,600 tenge per competition day to 8,000 tenge, in 2023 - up to 13,000 tenge, and in 2024 - up to 17,000 tenge.
In addition to that, the amount of lifelong monthly material support to athletes and coaches who have trained Olympic, Paralympic and Deaflympic champions and/or world champions in Olympic sports was increased from 24 to 100 MCI, or from around 73,000 to 318,000 tenge.
Minister Abayev also drew special attention to the industry staffing.
"As of today, there are 13,700 coaches in the country. Only 4% of them annually take advanced training courses. Some sports federations do not even certify coaches. The Federations need to put work in this direction," said Minister Dauren Abayev.
According to him, reducing the weekly workload of coaches to 18 hours with an increase in salary is currently in progress.
The last thing the minister highlighted was raising the quality of medical care for athletes. The reform in this area includes increasing the salaries of sports doctors, inviting specialists, buying modern equipment for rehabilitation centers, improving dietary standards for athletes, and updating the list of pharmacological support.
Minister Abayev concluded the meeting by ordering the federations to develop and approve complex-target programs for the new Olympic cycle and training programs based on the type of sport.