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Kazakhstan’s Paralympic and Deaflympic medalists eligible for lifetime pensions

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On Monday, Kazakhstan’s Paralympic and Deaflympic medalists became eligible for lifetime pensions following a plenary session of the Senate of Kazakhstan where a new law was adopted named “On physical culture and sports”.  The pension will be equal to roughly  ₸45,00 (US$244,€215) a month.  The change was made in response to the increased visibility and importance of disability sport on global level.



Kazakhstan has only had one Paralympic medalist in the country’s history: 1994 Winter Paralympian Lubov Vorobieva, who won a silver medal in cross country skiing’s B2 women’s 10 km classical technique event.


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Khairatkhaan Shonku. Image credit: Deaflympics

The country has had more success at the Deaflympics, where Maku Kaliev won a bronze in table tennis at the 1989 Deaflympics in Christchurch  in table tennis. Other medalists include Maxim Rozhkov who won a gold at Copenhagen 1997 in the men’s triple jump and a bronze at Melbourne 2005, Nicolaet Pronja who won a bronze in 1997 in wrestling in the men’s under – 54kg class, Khairatkhaan Shonku who won a bronze in Taipei 2009 in freestyle wrestling in the 96kg class, and Gabit Yeszhanov who won a gold at Sofia 2013 in wrestling’s 60kg men’s event.


Other provisions to the bill included one that mandates national sportspeople know the words for the country’s national anthem.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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