President of the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee, IOC Executive Board Member Sergey Bubka visited Main Ukrainian Olympic Training Center in Koncha-Zaspa.
The famous athlete and IAAF Vice-President met with Ukrainian athletics team and wished successful performance on the upcoming World Championships in Moscow.
Sergey Bubka also visited recently constructed shooting range for archery.
The NOC President awarded the best Ukrainian athletes and coaches of May and June: Victoria Tereshchuk (modern pentathlon) and Olesya Povh (athletics), as well as their mentors Sergey Turobov and Konstantin Rurak.
Sergey Bubka also met with athletes and coaches in different sports.
Famous Olympian and Chairman of the IOC Entourage Commission shared his view on the interaction between athletes with the team.
"From my own experience I know that athletes have always focused primarily on achieving high athletic performance, self-improvement, raising their skill and therefore the information which I'd like to share with you is push to think and look once again at you career. Even competing in individual sports, you are a part of a great team - family and friends, coach, doctors, judges, organizers, fans, agents, journalists and others. The success of an athlete depends largely also on successful interaction with them, everyone needs to have detailed knowledge and understanding of these functions", - said Sergey Bubka.
He also elaborated on the relationship with the coach and the athlete's sports agent, drew attention to the importance of athletes' understanding of financial matters, including the formation of their own budgets, taxation and planning for the future, gave advice on insurance of their own health and the fight against doping.
At the end of the master class Sergey Bubka stressed the importance of a proper education while sporting career for a successful social integration after its completion: "Sports career is very short, but life is going on it is very important to plan carefully your future, preparing the basis right now, "- he said.