A delegation of 17 people headed by the head coach Byambajav Battulga flew to Yakutsk from Ulan-Ude today, March 12, at 01:30 am.
At the airport of the capital of Yakutia, the Mongolian national team was greeted with bread and salt, treated to the national drink koumiss and pancakes.
As the coach Arslan Tsedensonny noted, the composition of the Mongolian national team - the participants of the World Cup in freestyle wrestling was determined immediately after the international tournament in Krasnoyarsk - the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix back in January.
“Our team waited a long time for this moment and, finally, it happened - we are in Yakutia! Today, the guys will have a rest, but preparatory training will start from tomorrow. I note that we have frequent joint training with the Yakut wrestlers, we come here almost to all tournaments and know the Yakut school of wrestling well. The strongest wrestlers entered the national team of Mongolia. Among the leaders, I can name the medalist of the World Championship and the Asian Games champion Erdenebat Behbayar, the silver medalist of the World Championship Unurbat Purevzhavva. And the team captain is an experienced wrestler Ganzorig Mandanharan. Our main rivals are the United States, Georgia, Iran and, of course, Russia, ”the head coach said.
Captain of the national team, two-time winner of the World Championships Ganzorig Mandanharan said that the Mongolian national team has been participating in the World Cup for six years.
“Today we have one of the strongest teams. In four weight categories, we have medalists of international championships. Our goal is to meet the Russian national team in the final, ”the wrestler added.
Note that the World Cup in freestyle wrestling among men in Yakutsk starts from March 16 to March 17. The initiator of holding large-scale competitions in Yakutsk was the head of the republic, President of the Federation of wrestling of the Republic of the Sakha (Yakutia) Aisen Nikolaev.
Following the delegation of Mongolia, the Japanese national team should come to Yakutia. In total, wrestlers from eight countries will take part in the World Cup: Japan, Georgia, Cuba, Turkey, Mongolia, Iran, the USA, and Russia.