Former Russian National Team Head Coach
Its a long interview, so the key points.
--> "We had a bad performance in both the Europeans earlier and the Worlds".
--> "Major mistakes in training camps and team selection"
--> "Sadulaev was simply not ready functionally/physically. Spent time eating hinkal instead (Dagestan dish) -- (laughs)"
--> "Mamiashvili has no clue how the training camps go."
--> Mamiashvili and Tedeev know there will be a couple of Olympic champs on the team and they don't care for anything else, that is enough for them to survive. Let alone wrestlers immigrating, etc. Mairbek Jusopov left Russia and joined Kazakhstan and he was the brain of the Russian team. They left him to go.
--> "Sajid Sajidov being excluded from the national team everywhere, no Olympics, no Europeans, etc, its a travesty...yet many of the wrestlers are his."
--> "The wrestling federation is simply not working .. unclear where the money goes... I had to pay Sadulaev's license myself. Nobody knows where the money goes in the federation...everything is super secret"
--> "Kerimov put 44M USD in Russian wrestling before Olympics 2008 in China...Karelin and Khadarstev asked Mamiashvili to report where those $$$ are...but he couldn't answer any of the questions...it even reached the government, this question...yet Mamiashvili escaped somehow again.."
--> "I am basically doing the work of Mamiashvili now, that he is supposed to be doing...I am actually paying 42 stipends now to top wrestlers...Sadulaev's, Makhov's, etc...I pay them about 300$/month...not much but still something...why doesn't the wrestling federation pay them anything? Don't they care for these kids? These kids are not sleeping, training ... don't they deserve a bit more money?"
--> After they fired me...I waiting days and nights in front of the office of the Russian minister of sport Mutko...and he didn't accept to see me...this is a person who is destroying sport in our country yet reached high positions...probably Mamiashvili will have a similar career...indeed all remember his "heroic" action when he hit the girl wrestler at the Olympics in Rio...why didn't he hit Boltukaev or Makhov?"
--> At the 2013 worlds, Tedeev, then a consultant to the Russian team, behind my back convinced Gatsalov to lose the 120kg final to Zaseev (who is our countryman actually but was performing for Ukraine) ! Can you imagine this !? The consultant of the team (now head coach) wanted to give the medal to Ukraine? Everyone knows this situation...Its good thing is we found out on time and Gastalov went and wrestled properly and won..."
--> I don't consider Tedeev a wrestling coach...but he is not a bad manager. He is not greedy...he would do better than Mamiashvili who should step down...he has been there too long.
--> I am a wrestling coach...even if the opportunity opens up to be a Russian head coach...I will not look for it.