Farkhad Kharki

Further Personal Information
Residence
Almaty, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Kazakh, Mandarin, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight in the People's Republic of China.
Name of coach
Talgat Baymashov [personal], KAZ; Viktor Ni [personal], KAZ
General Interest
Hobbies
Travel, mountain hiking. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in 62kg category at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 10 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Viktor Ni. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballer Ronaldo. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the national Order of Kurmet [Honour] from the president of Kazakhstan in recognition of the bronze medal he won at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (vesti.kz, 26 Aug 2016)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019; kazsports.kz, 24 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)
Other information
SANCTION
He tested positive for the prohibited substance metenolone at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. He was banned from the sport for two years, becoming eligible to return to competition in July 2015. (IWF, Jul 2015; tengrinews.kz, 11 Mar 2014)

COMPETING FOR KAZAKHSTAN
His family moved from Kyrgyzstan to the People's Republic of China when he was young, where he was brought up and began weightlifting. In 2010 he chose to represent Kazakhstan and obtained Kazakh citizenship in 2011. (aktobetimes.kz, 27 Aug 2016)

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