Ambassadors of the 5th Children of Asia Games
Alexandra KOSTENIUK - Russian chess Grandmaster and a former Women's World Chess Champion. Kosteniuk learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her father. She has a younger sister named Oxana, who is a FIDE master level chess player. In 2001, at the age of 17, she reached the final of the World Women's Chess Championship, but was defeated by Zhu Chen. Three years later, she became European women's champion by winning the tournament in Dresden, Germany. She also won the 2005 Russian Women's Championship, held in Samara, Russia. In August 2006, she became the first Chess960 (Fischer random) women's world champion after beating Germany's top female player Elisabeth Pähtz. She defended that title successfully in 2008 by beating Kateryna Lahno. However, her greatest success so far has been to win the Women's World Chess Championship 2008, beating in the final the young Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan.
In November 2004, she was awarded the International Grandmaster title, becoming the tenth woman to receive the highest title of the World Chess Federation, FIDE. Before that, she had also obtained the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master. She is 44th on the November 2011 FIDE women's Elo rating list with a rating of 2439.
Georgy BALAKSHIN - Russian amateur boxer. Born March 6, 1980 in Antonovka, near Nyurba, Sakha Republic. Winner of the 1st Children of Asia International Sports Games (1996), Four Time Champion of Europe. Repeated Champion of the Russian Federation, Bronze Medalist of the Olympic Games (Beijing, 2008). Honored Master of Sports.
Leonid SPIRIDONOV - Winner of the 1st Children of Asia Games (1996). Silver Medalist of the Wolrd Youth Wrestling Championship within the united team of the Russian Federation (1999). From 2003 member of the united team of Kazakhstan. Participant of 2 Olympic Games (2004, 2008). Bronze Medalist of the Ivan Yarygin Grand-Prix International Tournament (2005), Champion of Asia (2006), Bronze Medalist of the World Wrestling Championship (2009) and Asian Games (2010). Repeated Champion of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) and Kazakhstan.
Dmitry NOSOV - Born on April, 9, 1980 in Chita-46 in family of military man. The Sambo-70 school alumni. The 2004 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist (Athens), the winner of the World Youth Games (Moscow, 1998), the winner of the 2003 World Police and Fire Games, the 2004 Europe Championship Bronze Medalist, Bronze medalist of Russian Judo and Sambo Championships (2002, 2003), Winner of the World Super Cap (2004), Winner of the World Cup (2006), Honored Master of Sports.
Sergey BELOV - Born January 23, 1944, in the village of Nashchyokovo, Shegarsky District, Tomsk Oblast, Soviet Union. Former professional basketball player, most noted for playing for the Soviet Union national basketball team at the Olympic Games. He trained at Trud Voluntary Sports Society, and later at Armed Forces sports society.
In 1968, he became an Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Later, he became an Honored Coach of Russia (1995), and the President of the Russian Basketball Federation (1993–98).
Belov is considered to be one of the best non-American basketball players of all time. He was given the honor of lighting the Olympic Cauldron with the Olympic flame, during the 1980 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in Moscow. In 1991, FIBA named him the Best FIBA Player Ever.
He became the first international player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 11, 1992. He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007. He was named of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors in 2008.