|President of Russian Cycling Federation|
Igor Viktorovich Makarov
Born in Ashkhabad (Turkmenistan) on April 5, 1962. Igor Viktorovich Makarov graduated from the Turkmen State University in 1983, and then served in the Soviet Army. In 1986 — 1989, he was a professor of the Kazan State University.
For more than 10 years Igor Makarov was a member of the USSR National Cycling Team. He was a repeated champion and prizewinner of the USSR National cycling competitions, including the USSR National Championships, the USSR Armed Forces Championships, Youth Games and All-Union sports. Igor Makarov is Master of Cycling Sports of International Class.
After completing his sports career, he started developing his own business. He has passed all its stages — from launching a small production and trading business to building up a large international holding company. In 1992, he founded and headed ITERA, which for many years has been the main sponsor of the Russian cycling.
In 2008, Igor Makarov became deputy chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Cycling Federation.
In June 2010 he was elected President of the Russian Cycling Federation, and in September 2011 he became a UCI Management Committee Member.
As President of the Russian Cycling Federation, Igor Viktorovich Makarov has initiated a large-scale work on the reform of the Russian cycling, which implies an improvement of sport calendar, the development of material and technical base, creating professional teams for different types of cycling, upgrading the skills of the personnel involved in cycling.
As President of the Russian Cycling Federation, Igor Viktorovich Makarov pays great attention to the development of youth sports. On his initiative, the program of development of cycling sports schools «START» was implemented. Under this program the cycling sports schools of Russia annually receive 50 cars, 1500 bikes and sets of cycling uniform. With the direct participation of Igor Makarov Russia won the right to host the Junior Track World Championships (held in 2011 in Moscow), the Women’s Road races (held from 2012 in Adygea), the European Mountain Bike Championships (held in 2012 in Moscow). Under the leadership of Igor Makarov the all-Russian Global Cycling Project (OPRV) was created and successfully developed, which comprises several teams, including the only Russian UCI ProTeam «Katusha», as well as «Rusvelo» Professional Continental and Women Teams, «Itera-Katusha» and «Russian Helicopters» Continental Teams and youth teams «Team Russia- 21» and «Rus» (Men and Women).
For the significant contribution to developing economic relations and strengthening friendship and cooperation between the peoples Igor Makarov was decorated with state awards of Belarus — the Order of People’s Friendship and the Medal of Francisk Scorina, Mongolia — the Friendship Medal, and the Republic of Moldova — the Order «Labor Glory». Igor Makarov was awarded by the Russian Orthodox Church and public organizations for charity activities and for participation in execution of social programs. In addition, he was awarded with the Energy of Russia 2003 National Prize within the framework of the Manager of the Year nomination. In 2012 Igor Makarov was awarded the Ruby peacekeeper Star handed by the World Charitable Alliance «Peacemaker» for his contribution to the development of international relations, active social programs and the development of cycling.
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