Russian Moscow 2013 medal plan is revealed
Russian head coach Valentin Maslakov talks about Russian training camps locations and reveals the medal plan for the home World Championships
- Where will the Russian team get ready for Moscow 2013?
- The home World Championships is the main competition of this season, apparently. The team will use its traditional training camps in Russia (Kislovodsk, Sochi, Adler, Cheboksary) as well as in Portugal and Kirgizia. Approximately one month before the event the athletes will gather in Novogorsk (Moscow district). We are very thankful to our Ministry of Sports and personally to the Minister Vitaliy Mutko for the newly built facilities in Novogorsk. The were very useful prior to the London Olympics. So we’ll use Novogorsk before the home Worlds. But we’ll also have to perform well at the Kazan World Universiade this summer.
- Are the medal plans for Moscow 2013 and Rio 2016 approved?
- In Moscow we intend to win gain 18 medals, 6-8 of them – gold, taking into account that we’ll be competing at home. In my opinion it’s even more difficult to compete in your country, but we’ll still try to secure the second place in the medal table, and if we’re lucky, we’ll even try and fight for the first place. As for Rio, the medal plan is the same as for London. At this point we’re trying to figure out where to hold a training camp before Rio. The time difference with Moscow is seven hours. We’re considering Portugal, the time difference with Moscow there is 4 hours, with Brazil – 3 hours. Maybe we’ll use this country for acclimatization.