An international handball tournament in memory of a famous handball player took place in the Bobrovsky district of the Voronezh region

January 11-14, 2023, an international handball tournament among boys born in 2008-2009 was held in the Bobrovsky district of the Voronezh region

The event is dedicated to the famous Russian handball player Alexei Sayadyan. The event was initiated by Nadezhda Sayadyan, the wife of a famous player, the organizer of the – Administration of the Bobrovsky district of the Voronezh region. Official partner of the tournament – Interregional Handball Development Assistance Center.

The tournament was attended by: teams from Astakhani, Bobrov, Belgorod, Chekhov, Volgograd, St. Petersburg, the national team of the DPR and Ramon. It is noteworthy that the team from the DPR regularly participates in tournaments that take place in the Voronezh region: literally in September 2022, this team participated in the unique handball project Balkan Bridge.

The hosts, the junior team of Bobrov, showed a decent game, but in the final they lost to the guys from Belgorod, taking second place. The winner was just the team from Belgorod, “bronze” medals were received by representatives of the Primorsky district school of St. Petersburg. The DPR team remained one step away from medals, taking fourth place in the standings.

An international handball tournament in memory of a famous handball player took place in the Bobrovsky district of the Voronezh region

As a result of the event, the winners and prize-winners received unique awards – Cups, medals, certificates. Also, by decision of the organizer of the tournament – Administration of the Bobrovsky district of the Voronezh region – the teams received cash prizes that will be used to develop teams in their regions. The money fund was formed by the organizers together with Alexey's friends and teammates. Best  Nikita Timoshev, the left winger, became the player of the tournament  Bobrovskaya team, and Alexander Feoktistov became the best goalkeeper – a representative from Belgorod, and special awards were given to the best players from each team.

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The tournament is dedicated to the memory of Alexei Sayadyan. This is a famous Russian handball player, champion of the USSR in 1990. He was born in Astrakhan and also played in Voronezh, Kazan, Iran and Orenburg. Alexey devoted the last years of his life to coaching children at the Bobrovskaya Children's and Youth Sports School. On November 3, 2020 Alexey Sayadyan passed away from complications after COVID-19.

His wife, the initiator of the project, Nadezhda Sayadyan, believes that the second tournament in memory of her husband was already held at a decent level, thanks to well-coordinated joint work: “We received words of gratitude from the team coaches, the parents of the athletes tried to think through everything to the smallest detail: from logistics to prizes. Unfortunately, due to technical reasons, it was not possible to implement the broadcast of matches, but this issue will be resolved next year. We are grateful for the help of the district administration, represented by the head Anatoly Ivanovich Balbekov, as well as the staff of the Youth Sports School named after. V.L. Patkin, headed by the director, & nbsp; and our partners, friends and teammates of Alexei. The tournament will become  annual, so next January we will meet again on Bobrovskaya land»

An international handball tournament in memory of a famous handball player was held in the Bobrovsky district of the Voronezh region

The official partner of the project was the Interregional Handball Development Center, which opened in Voronezh in December 2021. The organization was created as a communication platform for the development of handball in the Voronezh region
and the regions of the Russian Federation.

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Additional information about the tournament, as well as further events of the Center, can be obtained by e-mail: handball-center@mail.ru and project social networks: vk.com/handballcenter   and t.me/handballcenter.
 

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