MOSCOW, March 20 (Itar-Tass) — Ex-world box champion in super-heavy weight category, MP Nikolai Valuyev, devotes almost all his spare time to the development of children's sport in Russia, Valuyev said in an interview with Itar-Tass.
Last week Valuyev voiced an initiative to hold an international boxing tournament to raise money for Valuyev's children's fund. "We will do as much as possible to help young athletes," Valuyev said. His goal is to enable children from different income groups to go in for sport, Valuyev told Itar-Tass. "We buy sports facilities for gyms; this year I managed to arrange a drill for youngsters to be held this summer," Valuyev said.
Valuyev opened four free sports schools in St. Petersburg and two more in regions. " I have not managed to launch a similar projects in Moscow yet. I stay much time in Moscow now, I think I will be able to attend to the problem... One does not often have an opportunity to go in for sport and train absolutely free of charge. Until recently it has been absolutely unthinkable in Moscow," Valuyev said.
Work occupies most of his time, and his life has been practically scheduled by minutes, Valuyev said. "I start early in the morning and sometimes finish work well into midnight," Valuyev said. Despite being always very busy Valuyev likes his work to which he devotes almost all his spare time.
Recently, he has completed a series of TV programs made on his own initiative which are devoted to real men's proffesions. Some of the programs are available on Valuyev's Internet site. "There was not much said about such things, but I think they are worth being talked about, that is why I decided to do that," Valuyev said.