While Khabib Nurmagomedov may have hinted at a career in politics over the past few months, it was his father, Abdulmanap, who accepted a government role in Dagestan.
Earlier this week, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov became the assistant to the Head of Dagestan, Vladimir Vasilyev. The announcement took place at a ceremony on Monday, where Vasilyev handed out certificates to Nurmagomedov, as well as to Zaur Alisultanov, a 27-year-old professor at the Dagestan State University.
Nurmagomedov, a master of sports of the USSR in freestyle wrestling, is one of the most sought after combat sports coaches in the Russian Federation. His achievements earned him the title of Honored Coach of Russia, and he was recently awarded the Medal of Merit for Physical Culture and Sports in the Republic of Dagestan during an official ceremony in November 2018.
During Monday’s ceremony, which was attended by some of the most important government officials in Dagestan, including the mayor of Makhachkala and a handful of cabinet ministers, Vasiliev stressed that he is interested in developing sports in Dagestan and creating champions that the republic will be proud of.
“I can imagine what it means to raise high-level athletes,” Vasiliev told Nurmagomedov. “This is the greatest achievement. We are sure to implement the idea of creating the right conditions for bringing up champions. We all understand that sport is also a culture, an attractive image not only for young people. This is an opportunity to both realize yourself and raise to the appropriate level the school that you represent, the coach, the team, your family, the people and the country.”
It should be noted that Vasiliev initially offered the government position to Khabib Nurmagomedov, though it appears the UFC champion is not quite ready to make the transition into politics.