Andrey Martyuk is the best athlete of Kuban-2022!

At the match "Lokomotiv-Kuban" - "Minsk", a solemn celebration of the winner of the annual prize "Athlete of Kuban 2022" was held.

The best athlete of the Krasnodar Territory 2022 during the online voting on the portal “Kuban спорт.RU ” the fans chose the basketball player of Lokomotiv-Kuban, the strongest young player of the VTB United League in the 2021/22 season, Andrey Martyuk.

Andrey Martyuk, forward of PBC "Lokomotiv-Kuban"

The very nomination in the company of such successful athletes has already been honorable, and the victory is just fantastic! Becoming a laureate is not only a memorable award. This is recognition not only of my personal merits, but of the merits of the whole club, recognition of the popularity of our team and sport. I know that I was supported by fans of our game from many regions of the country, from all over Russia. Loko fans and fans of other clubs rallied, supporting the basketball representative. Thanks to everyone who voted for me during the contest. This is our common success!

The traditional award of the award and its symbol — the “Champion’s Shield” — were presented to the winner at the Loko home match by Andrey Vedishchev, President of the Lokomotiv-Kuban PBK, and Maxim Osadnik, Chairman of the KKRO of the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia.

Andrey Vedishchev, President of the Lokomotiv-Kuban PBK and the Krasnodar Territory Basketball Federation

Congratulations to the pupil of our club Andrey Martyuk on winning the honorary title "The best athlete of the Krasnodar Territory in 2022"! A lot of fans voted for the Loko forward. I am sure that such success will be an incentive for thousands of boys and girls to go to the basketball sections to do our favorite sport. Andrey's award is, of course, the result of his great work, but not only. For many years, the coaches of the youth teams, all those who accompanied him at different times, invested their knowledge, experience and work in him. That is, this success is the success of the entire pyramid of “Loco". I am very glad that basketball in Kuban is one of the most popular sports. The Basketball Federation of the Krasnodar Territory is making great efforts to popularize and develop it. I wish Andrey and our entire team further success!

The award is organized by the Krasnodar Regional Regional branch of the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia (KKRO FSZHR) with the support of the RNKB Bank. Since 2011, the top ten athletes representing the Krasnodar Territory are first determined by sports journalists, and then the only winner is chosen by fans.

In the final, the confrontation between basketball player Andrei Martyuk and wrestler Alexander Golovin ended in favor of the forward of Lokomotiv-Kuban, who scored 52.2% of the votes. It should be noted that in total over 37,485 votes of respondents were given for all the nominees. This is a record for the entire time of the award. The winner scored 11,274 votes in three stages.

Andrey Martyuk became the first basketball player who managed to win the main sports award of the Krasnodar Territory “Athlete of Kuban”.

Nikolay Dolgopolov, President of the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia

Dear friends! On behalf of the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia, we congratulate Andrey Martyuk. Becoming an "Athlete of Kuban-2022" with huge competition is worth a lot. Andrey's game is admired not only by Loko fans, but also by the entire multi-million audience of basketball fans. My congratulations to the regional organization of the FSZHR. Our Kuban colleagues-sports journalists have been determining the name of the best athlete in the region since 2011. Enviable constancy, requiring considerable effort from the members of the organization and its head Maxim Osadnik.

Maxim Osadnik, Chairman of the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia

We are pleased to announce the name of the winner of the prize "Athlete of Kuban 2022". Let me remind you that there is a whole constellation of talented athletes among the nominees. The results of the online voting indicate that the award arouses great interest among athletes and a wide public response among fans. We got an interesting final, in which Andrey Martyuk, a pupil of Krasnodar basketball, became the leader with minimal advantage. It is symbolic that the awarding of the laureate took place at the Lokomotiv-Kuban match in the presence of the fans who supported him, who, thus, shared with their favorite basketball player the joy of winning the nomination. We hope that the achievements of the winner and the other nominees will serve as an example for the younger generation of athletes.

According to journalists, the Top 10 Kuban athletes of 2022 included: Anastasia Sorokina (swimming), Boris Bezdolny (athletics), Alexander Golovin (Greco-Roman wrestling), Alexey Orlov (motocross), Mikhail Igolnikov (judo), Andrey Martyuk (basketball), Irma Makhinya (ski jumping from a springboard), Irina Kundius (trampoline jumping), Sergey Khandozhko (mixed martial arts), Fedor Durymanov (sambo).

Olympic champion in judo Arsen Galstyan, Olympic champion in tennis Elena Vesnina, world champion in boxing among professionals Dmitry Pirog, football players of the Russian national team Fedor Smolov and Yuri Gazinsky, world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Stepan Maryanyan have become laureates of the Kuban Athlete Award in different years.

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