They touch on his recent travels, his (still ongoing) doping case, plans for future competitions, as well as more private issues such as his divorce and depression.
Overall it’s a worthwhile read.
- wants to learn many languages, considers english important to
- still waits for final decisions in his doping case
- had a skype interview they talked about potential sanctions
- received good support from Kazakh federation (offered lawyers, paid for the process)
- broke up with his wife during the that time and fell into a depression
“Is there at least one percent probability that the Iranian [Saeid Mohammadpour who jumped from 5th to 1st] was absolutely clean? Ilya: No comment (smiles).”
Excerpt about his Future in Weightlifting
What is more important for you now: to keep the medals of the world championships or get the opportunity to compete in 2019 and 2020?
Ilya: I can’t say unequivocally. These medals are dear to me, I have worked for them all my life. In addition, I am not confident in my abilities. Before Tokyo at 99.9 percent. Now only 90 (laughs).
What is the probability of obtaining the right to compete in Tokyo?
Ilya: Lawyers say – 90 percent.
And if they do, will you go to Tokyo?
Ilya: I’ll try. Of course, I’ll try. I do not want to regret in the future that I did not do it. I’m 29 years old – the height of my sports career. If I leave now, it will be as if a small child was offended.
What do you mean, I’ll try?
I’ll go to the team. I’ll choose the optimal weight category, I’ll start gaining momentum.
If the body is ready, I will try to perform at some championship. If I win, I’ll go further. And there is already Asian Games – a serious competition. And, of course, the world championship. But let’s not run ahead.
On Sports vs Family
What made you worse off: divorce or scrapping in a sports career?
Of course, divorce. Medals, sports – it’s all nonsense compared to the family. In a career, everything can be done, restored, earned, and the loss of a loved one can not be made up. It’s tough, from this I’m still sore inside.
In the coming years, I hope, will be relations only with a twenty-kilogram iron girlfriend.