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.
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.