INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT DEDICATED TO THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY OF «DINAMO – ALMA-ATA» CLUB IN THE USSR CHAMPIONSHIP (ALMATY, REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN 2011)

General information

Dates: June 17–19, 2011

Venue: Central Swimming Pool, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Participating teams: Teams from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.

Number of competitors/ officials: 11 players, 1 coach, 1 referee (total 19 persons).

Rules: The competitions were held in accordance with FINA Water Polo Rules.

A grand sports festival dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the victory of "Dinamo – Alma-Ata” club in the USSR championship has been held in Almaty. The legends of the USSR water polo including such teams as "Dinamo — Moscow”, "Dinamo – Kiev”, "Dinamo – Tbilisi” and "Mekhnat – Tashkent” as they were in 1981 attended the International Tournament.

Legendary water polo players, former players from the top teams of the Soviet Union national team, who continue to participate in the world championships among water polo masters, met on Kazakh land. Such prominent masters as Olympic champion Sergey Kotenko, European and World Champion, World Cup winner and Olympic bronze medalist Nurlan Mendygaliyev, Askar Orazalinov, and others played as part of Kazakhstan’s teams.

Three Olympic champions including Yevgeniy Sharonov and Yevgeny Grishin from Moscow, Yerkin Shagayev from Australia, were among the honored guests of the tournament.

International Water Polo Tournament ended with warm memories. In the final fight for bronze medals, masters from "Mekhnat – Tashkent” took a 8–4 win over "Dinamo – Kiev”. "Dinamo — Alma-Ata” and "Dinamo – Moscow” were competing for gold medals. As well as three decades ago, the Almaty team celebrated a win but friendly matches are won by friendship and each visitor of this unusual tournament left the event with warm feelings and memories.

1981 ROSTER OF «DINAMO-ALMA-ATA»

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