Alexandr Zaichikov

Further Personal Information
Family
One daughter
Residence
Kyzylorda, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Kazakh, Russian
Higher education
Physical Education - Kyzylorda State University: Kazakhstan
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up weightlifting in 2002 in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
After trying a number of sports, including karate, cycling, football, basketball and wrestling, he was spotted by a weightlifting coach Arman Abdreyev.
Club / Team
Central Sports Army Club [CSKA]: Kazakhstan
Name of coach
Yury Melnikov [national], KAZ; Erzhas Boltayev [personal], KAZ; Arman Abdreyev [personal], KAZ
General Interest
Nicknames
Sasha (zakon.kz, 17 Aug 2016)
Hobbies
Hunting. (Athlete, 08 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 105kg category at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 08 Apr 2018)
Injuries
He was affected by an arm injury at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but still went on to claim bronze in the 105kg category. (ONS, 15 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The barbell is my only opponent. If I manage to lift the weight, it's almost like a victory. Over myself, and then over the other competitors." (bnews.kz, 24 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In recognition of winning bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he received the national Order of Kurmet [Honour] from the president of Kazakhstan. (vesti.kz, 26 Aug 2016)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 08 Apr 2018; kazsports.kz, 20 Dec 2017)
Other information
SANCTION
He was banned from competition for two years in 2013 after testing positive for the banned substance stanozolol. He was stripped of the gold medal he won at the Asian championships in 2013, as well as his World University Games silver medal from the same year. His sanction ended on 24 June 2015. (iwf.net, 2016; ztb.kz, 14 Dec 2015; informburo.kz, 28 Nov 2015)

BELARUS TO KAZAKHSTAN
He was born in Belarus, but later moved to Kazakhstan and took up weightlifting there. (ztb.kz, 14 Dec 2015)

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