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My parents gave me good health: Nazarbayev

23 december 2014, 21:10
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Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo courtesy of akorda.kz
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo courtesy of akorda.kz

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has told the media representatives how he manages to keep fit, Tengrinews reports.

Journalists counted that in 2014 the Kazakh leader met with more than 40 leaders and travelled 120 thousand kilometers. However, despite such tough schedule, Nazarbayev still manages to find some time for sports to keep fit and endure the long trips. 

“The work of any president requires complete dedication. An unhealthy person would have been unable to do this work. And such a person should not even remain in the high position, because it would harm the state. Therefore, such person first of all needs to have good health that is primarily given by parents. My parents gave me good health. I grew up in the mountains and it probably made me more sturdy. As I grew, I became keen on sports. I started skiing at Shymbulak at the time its slopes were nearly empty, and now the place is crowded. I started playing tennis in Kazakhstan and now people in all the regions of Kazakhstan play it. I hit a golf ball at the range near Almaty’s Alatau sanatorium in 1996 for the first time. I enjoyed horse riding and now equestrian sport is developed here. It is great to see young people follow suit," the President of Kazakhstan said.

According to him, a person should always stay fit. “Recently, on the Day of the First President people were discussing on the Internet where I got my suits, who selected my ties. Nobody does that for me, I have no stylist and dresser. Some presidents take them to every trip. I was born in a family to common workers. I came out from the very bottom. I started as a worker, a metallurgist with a shovel and a crowbar in my hand. This was my experience. I do everything myself. This is why I can handle it," Nazarbayev concluded.

Reporting by Assemgul Kassenova, writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina
 

 


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