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Sport in Nur-Sultan


The city has a variety of sporting teams. The major association football team is FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League. Founded in 2009, Astana won one Kazakhstan Premier League title, two Kazakhstan Cups and one Kazakhstan Super Cup.[1] Their home ground is the Astana Arena, which is also serves as a home for the Kazakhstan national football team. The FC Astana-1964 is based in the Kazhimukan Munaitpasov Stadium and plays in the Kazakhstan First Division, the second tier of football in Kazakhstan. The club's most successful years were 2000s, when they won Kazakhstan Premier League for 3 times. The FC Bayterek is also plays in the Kazakhstan First Division. They were founded in 2012, to develop youth football.[2]

Club Founded League Venue Head Coach
FC Astana 2009 Kazakhstan Premier League Astana Arena Stanimir Stoilov
FC Astana-1964 1964 Kazakhstan First Division Kazhimukan Munaitpasov Stadium Vakhid Masudov
FC Bayterek 2011 Kazakhstan First Division Astana Arena Andrei Kucheryavykh

Ice hockeyEdit

Nur-Sultan is home for several professional ice hockey teams. The Barys Astana, a founding member of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2008.[3] The Nomad Astana and the HC Astana are play in the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship. The Snezhnye Barsy of the Junior Hockey League is a junior team of the Barys Astana.[4] All of the teams are based in the Kazakhstan Sports Palace. Nur-Sultan annually hosts the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan's Cup ice hockey tournament.[5] The Barys Arena is an ice hockey venue under construction will be home arena for Barys Astana.[6]

Club Founded League Venue Head Coach
Barys Astana 1999 Kontinental Hockey League Kazakhstan Sports Palace Andrei Nazarov
Nomad Astana 2007 Kazakhstan Hockey Championship Kazakhstan Sports Palace Yuri Mikhailis
HC Astana 2011 Kazakhstan Hockey Championship Kazakhstan Sports Palace Anatili Chistyakov
Snezhnye Barsy 2011 Junior Hockey League Kazakhstan Sports Palace Galym Mambetaliyev

Other sports teamsEdit

The Astana Pro Team of the UCI World Tour, founded in 2006 to develop the brand "Astana" in the international sporting arena.[7] The team is one of the most successful teams of recent years, winning several grand tours. The BC Astana of the VTB United League and the National Basketball League is the only basketball team in Nur-Sultan.[8] They are most crowned basketball team in Kazakhstan with 3 National Basketball League titles and 4 National Basketball Cups.[8] Their home arena is the Saryarka Velodrome, which is mainly used for track cycling events.[8] The Saryarka Velodrome hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Cup stage in 2011.[9] The Astana Arlans are an amateur boxing team competing in the World Series of Boxing.[10] Arlans became champions in the third edition of WSB in 2013.[10] The Astana Presidential Sports Club was founded in 2012, to combine the main sports teams in Nur-Sultan.[11] The organization supported by Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna.[12] The 2011 Asian Winter Games were partly held in the capital. The Alau Ice Palace is annually hosts the ISU Speed Skating World Cup.[13] The President's Cup tennis tournament annually held at the National Tennis Center Daulet.[14] In 2014, Nur-Sultan will open the National Paralympics Training Center for paralympic athletes in Kazakhstan.[15] Although bandy is the only team sport in which Kazakhstan has brought home World Championship medals, it has just started to be played again in Nur-Sultan. The city has organised both national championships for youth in rink bandy[16] and in regular bandy for adults.[1] After having been based in both Almaty and Oral, the seat of Kazakhstan Bandy Federation is now the in capital.[2]

Notable sports figuresEdit


  1. ^ Достижения [Achievements] (in Russian). FC Astana. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  2. ^ ФК "Байтерек" - новый клуб из столицы [FC Bayterek - the new club from the capital] (in Russian). 30 March 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Barys Astana". Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Snezhnye Barsy". Junior Hockey League. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  5. ^ Paul Bartlett (8 August 2010). "Ice Comes Early for Astana Hockey Fans". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Huge Barys Arena under construction in Astana". Kazinform. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Brands that made Kazakhstan image". 12 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "History". BC Astana. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Preview: 2011 UCI Track World Cup Round 1". British Cycling. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  10. ^ a b "World Series of Boxing: Astana Arlans". World Series of Boxing. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  11. ^ Ilyas Omarov (4 July 2013). "Astana Presidential Sports Club Launched". The Astana Times. Archived from the original on 24 April 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  12. ^ Paul Osborne (9 April 2014). "Astana Presidential Sports Club outlines vision to boost Kazakhstan's image". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  13. ^ "World Cup". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  14. ^ Nazymgul Kumyspaeva. "International President's Cup tennis tournament kicked off in Astana". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  15. ^ "National paralympic training center to be opened in Astana". 16 August 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  16. ^ Junior bandy tournament underway in Astana