The first Kazakhstani national sports TV channel «KAZsport» was officially launched on Monday July 1, 2013.

Well-known athletes, world champions of Kazakhstani, Asian and Olympic Games, winners of international and national sporting events, veterans of sports, coaches attended the launch ceremony.

The Minister of Culture and Information Mukhtar Kul-Muhammed and the Chairman of the Agency of Sport and Physical Education of Kazakhstan Yerlan Kozhagapanov extended their congratulations to the new sports channel.

“All the years of our independence, the head of state has taken constant care and provided full support for development of national sport. The opening of “KAZsport” TV channel was also the idea of the President of the country. I am sure that the channel reporters will become active promoters of sports and healthy lifestyle. To all my colleagues from the newly created channel I wish the best of luck!”, said the minister.

The champion of the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, champion of the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 Olga Shishigina, two-time Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin, four-time world chess champion Bibisara Asaubaeva and others also sent their best wishes for the opening of the  “KAZsport” channel.

New Sports TV is part of the television family of “Kazakhstan” Republican Television and Radio Corporation, which brings together 3 national and 14 regional TV channels.

Sports broadcasts on «KAZsport» TV, including broadcasts of Kazakhstani championships and live broadcasts of major international sporting events, will account for 70% of programming. The commentators will be well-known Kazakh sports journalists, commenting in Kazakh and Russian. There will also be news, own productions and sports documentaries in the programme schedule.

“Kazakhstan” Republican Television and Radio Corporation is a state-owned media company that brings together the “Kazakhstan” National TV channel, “Madeniet” (Culture), “Balapan” (Kids), “KazSport” TV channels, Kazakh Radio, Radio “Shalkar”, Radio “Astana” and Radio “Classic” as well as “Kazinform” News Agency and 14 regional television companies. The Corporation originates from the first airing of Kazakh radio in 1922 and first regular TV channel of Kazakhstan, established in 1958.