Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol’s karate fighters emerge victorious in European championship

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On December 1, members of the Shotokan Transgaz Stavropol sports club returned from the European Shotokan Karate-do Championship, a martial arts tournament held in Nis, Serbia.

Members of Shotokan Transgaz Stavropol sports club at European Shotokan Karate-do Championship
Members of Shotokan Transgaz Stavropol sports club at European Shotokan Karate-do Championship

Members of Shotokan Transgaz Stavropol sports club at European Shotokan Karate-do Championship

The prestigious tournament organized by the European Shotokan Karate-do Association (ESKA) drew athletes from 22 countries across the continent. The largest teams that competed on the Serbian tatami had arrived from Russia, Portugal, Serbia, Hungary, and Switzerland. Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol was represented in the Russian team by six athletes, who had previously won numerous awards at national and international tournaments.

Russian team at European tournament in Serbia
Russian team at European tournament in Serbia

Russian team at European tournament in Serbia

Karate fighters took part in individual and team competitions for several age categories. Contestants practiced two types of Shotokan Karate-do: kata (formal exercises) and kumite (sparring).

The fighters from Shotokan Transgaz Stavropol won as many as five medals in Serbia: four golds and one bronze. Danila Mashchenko confidently defeated all his rivals in individual kumite for 14–15-year-olds. His impressive performance was applauded by Russian and European fans alike. Stanislav Kiryanov earned the team first place in junior men kumite. Magdalina Chernienko became a two-time champion of the Old World by taking the lead in the team standings for junior and senior ladies kumite. As a result, she achieved the qualification standard to become an international-class master of sports of Russia. The bronze medal was captured by Artem Legotin, who took third place in team kumite for 16–17-year-olds.

Danila Mashchenko, winner of European karate tournament
Danila Mashchenko, winner of European karate tournament

Danila Mashchenko, winner of European karate tournament

Russia took first place in the team event by collecting 14 gold medals, with England (4 golds) and the Czech Republic (2 golds) coming in second and third, respectively.

Russian junior men team on top of medal stand
Russian junior men team on top of medal stand

Russian junior men team on top of medal stand

Russian junior ladies team receiving first prize
Russian junior ladies team receiving first prize

Russian junior ladies team receiving first prize

Background

Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom.

The company services the linear part of gas trunklines passing through 10 constituent entities of the North Caucasus and Southern Federal Districts of the Russian Federation. It ensures that gas is supplied to Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, and the Republic of South Ossetia.

Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol consists of 18 branches, including 10 gas pipeline operation centers.

The company’s annual gas transmission and supply volumes vary from 60 to 70 billion cubic meters, while the total length of gas pipelines exceeds 8,000 kilometers. The company operates 12 compressor stations, 19 workshops, 11 types of gas compressors with a total installed capacity of 1,035.9 MW, and over 360 gas distribution stations.

The Integrated System of Occupational Health, Industrial and Fire Safety Management of Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol conforms to the OHSAS 18000:2007 international standard.

The company’s environmental management system complies with the requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 international standard.

Gazprom Transgaz Stavropol employs over 7,500 people. It is headquartered in Stavropol.

The company has been promoting Shotokan Karate-do since 1998. There are repeat world, European and Russian champions among the members of the Shotokan Transgaz Stavropol sports club. The club is led by Viktor Mashchenko, Head Coach of the Russian national Shotokan Karate-do team, Honored Shotokan Karate-do Coach of Russia.

At present, the club includes 12 international-class masters of sports: Evgeny Chentsov, Alexander Gizenko, Ivan Kiryanov, Sergey Umrikhin, Mkhitar Mkhitaryan, Vladislav Ivanov, Islam Nagoev, Alexey Zaitsev, Alexander Rud, Stanislav Sobin, Sergey Mashchenko, and Kazbek Mutaliev. Twelve athletes of the club are members of the Russian national Shotokan Karate-do team.

 

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