Fikret Zeynalov – man who led the Mexican National Judo Team during 1991-1996

Meksikan dostlarımın köməyi ilə Meksikanın əfsanəvi cüdoçusu olan Arturo Qutierrezin müsahibəsini əldə etmişəm. Məhz 1991-1996-cı illərdə bu ölkənin cüdo yığmasının məşqçisi olan həmyerlimiz Fikrət Zeynalovun rəhbərliyi altında Arturo 25 ildən sonra Meksika tarixində yenidən dünya miqyaslı yarışmanın qalibi olur.

Fikret Zeinalov - Arturo Gutiérrez's trainer (Mexico)

At present the judo in Mexico is having a great development, thanks to the performance of Vanessa both Beijing and the Paralympics Zambotti with Lenia Ruvalcaba and Eduardo Avila.

However, one of the first references worldwide Mexicans is the harrier Arturo Gutierrez, who is ranked second in World Cup Budapest in 1994 and participated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

You are now residing in Dallas, Texas, where she works for the Southern Methodist University, shares his experience in this sport that has left a great experience for her life.

How did you get started in this discipline and how you came to participate in the Olympics?

– I started around the age of six years in the San Isidro Club under the tutelage of Dr. Antonio Medina Quintero, who practiced judo until 12 or 13 years where I learned the basic techniques of judo.

“I returned to judo in 1990 under the tutelage of Dr. Samuel Contreras, who formally introduced me to enlist in competitive judo national team. Dr. Contreras I developed as a high-level competitor and was under his guidance I became a national champion youth and older in the same year, in addition to getting my first international medal at the Mexican Olympic Festival in 1991.

“Then I moved to Mexico City in 1992 to devote myself entirely to judo. At this stage I trained under the direction of Zeinalov Fikret, who is originally from Azerbaijan, and he learned more about the strategy and combat tactics. With Fikret traveled to Hungary, where I was second in World Cup Budapest in 1994 (World Cup Budapest 1994), becoming one of the only Mexican to win a medal in these events in more than 25 years.

What was difficult to Olympic competition and how you experience your life marked the athletic staff?

– The Atlanta ’96 Olympics, definitely marked my life in many ways, one of them as an athlete, the satisfaction rate in international events and to represent my country, my family, my friends and my roots, it is definitely invaluable for me.

“Competing in the Olympics is more than a day, is a process, and as such I think it should be evaluated as a life experience that culminates with a grand celebration, and in this perspective, life and personal decisions take a important value, so I think that being away from family and friends was a very difficult decision. “

At this time judo in Mexico is having a good development and Vanessa Zambotti Beijing Paralympic medalists, but what he needs to Mexican judo to be in the limelight?

– By Vanessa Zambotti I can say is that it is a great judoka, probably the best Mexican judoka in the history of the Paralympics, obviously my admiration is with them and am always happy to know that represent our country with great pride and great results.

“My opinion as to what is needed in the Mexican judo to give ‘quantum leap’ is the lack of retention of human capital in Mexico there are definitely high quality coaches, but judo is a sport very dynamic, evolving at high speed, is one of 10 most popular sports in the world and one of the five most watched in Beijing 2008 through the Internet. “

Most high-performance competitors are arranged in Mexico City and basically isolated from their clubs, and therefore limited to competitive share their experiences, and then at the end of his career, usually away from the judo or living abroad, taking with them the knowledge and experience, for example, members of men’s judo team of my generation, four of seven living abroad and share his knowledge of judo in local clubs and are well received in the dojos and sometimes even allow them to teach the class. “

Speaking about the Paralympics, how do you see the performance of boys and what it takes to not only athletes with disabilities excel, but also high-performance athletes get medals?

– What I can say … Judo gold for Mexico! I’ll stick with my earlier view, in terms of human capital retention and development of the athlete, driven by joint initiatives between the Government of Mexico, the public and private universities and the business community. “

If you were a sports federation in Mexico, what would you change to have a better national development?

– Decentralization, I see no reason to have 10 athletes in Monterrey away from home, with a foreign coach in Mexico City without studying … Would not it be easier to bring the coach?

“It would also boost academic skills and try to convert some universities into centers of high performance, so you have great athletes to develop as professionals, coaches or potential entrepreneurs who feel supported by the community and want to return someday to share their knowledge competitive sports and the new values of sport, reducing the learning curve in developing the technical and competitive strategy.

“You would seek help in private initiative to create a long-term trust, investment professionals, to generate sufficient income to supplement grants awarded by the Government in economic matters educational grants in the best universities in Mexico or abroad who qualify for its outstanding sports programs, these grants will be awarded to athletes with Olympic potential or high performance with a commitment by the athlete to return to Mexico for a period of time to share your experiences with any team. Thus, while developing swimming in Mexico, I might have a few swimmers or runners studying and training in the United States, for instance, and maybe some are calling to be a coach. “

We have new values in La Laguna in judo who have dreams to excel and why not go to the Olympics, what advice would you give to these athletes?

– To train hard and dream big, to find support with loved ones during difficult times. The opportunity is there and there are many harriers who have excelled in national and international sports like swimming, squash, boxing, judo, soccer, baseball, volleyball, etc.. They have taught us that it is possible that La Laguna is a land of great sporting history and you depend on that the list keeps growing. “

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Special thanks to Tona Carrillo.

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