President of the Russian Tennis Federation, member of the International Olympic CommitteeShamil Tarpischev was born in 1948 in Moscow. He is the coach and captain of the Russian Tennis Team, president of the Russian Tennis Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee.
Mr. Tarpischev has been a tennis player since he was eight years old. He won his first victory, when he was 19, at Sochi International Tournament, in men’s doubles. At the age of 20 he won the same competition again, this time both in doubles and singles. He also achieved a victory in singles at the Tournament of Moscow’s Best Tennis Players. At 26 Mr. Tarpischev became chief coach and captain of the national tennis team. Under his coaching the team won 26 gold medals at European championships.
After almost 20 years as coach of the national team, Shamil Tarpischev was appointed Russian Federation President Counsellor in Sports and Physical Culture. On his initiative, a total of 36 decrees and 44 dispositions of either the President or the Government were prepared in a matter of several months as an effort to develop sports and fitness programs in Russia.
In 1993, Mr. Tarpischev founded a Coordination Committee for Physical Culture and Sports under the President of RF. Two federal programs — for tourism and sanatoriums — were approved and one — for sports — was developed under his leadership.
From 1997 to 2000 Mr. Tarpischev occupied the position of Moscow Mayor’s Sports Counsellor.
In 1999 he was appointed President of the Russian Tennis Federation.
In 2002 Shamil Tarpischev became a member of the Presidium of the Physical Culture and Sports Council under the President of Russia and chairman of the commission for developing priority governmental policies in the field of sports and physical culture and developing sports in Russia. It was under his authority that Russian team won the Davis Cup in 2002. For more than 20 years during which Mr. Tarpischev was the coach of the national team, he captained 59 tennis matches, of which the team won 39. He holds a Badge of Honour and a medal of the order For Merits Before Fatherland (Degree II) and he was awarded the national ’Slava’ (’Glory’) prize in Sports as ’Best Coach of the Year’.
Shamil Tarpischev is a Companion of the International Golden Order of St. Konstantin the Great. He was also awarded a medal of the International Tennis Federation (’For Merits in Tennis’). He has several badges of honour, which have recognized him For Merits in Developing Physical Culture and Sports, For Merits in Developing the Olympic Movement, as an Expert in Physical Culture and Sports. He was also awarded the Sports Glory of Russia (Degree I) and the Golden Daisy prize for promoting the image of Russia in international sports.