The voice of Kazakh’s sports journalism is gone forever

The voice of Kazakh’s sports journalism is gone forever

A true professional never does criticism, and this should be considered a positive quality of any journalist

By Ilyas Omarov Jr.
ALMATY, July 14, 2020: The man who was rightly called the voice of Kazakhstan's sport, Dias Omarov, passed away last week. He was 79 and survived by two sons, two daughters, and grandchildren.
The sad news about the death of Omarov was unexpected.
Despite his venerable age, he led a sporty lifestyle. He was fit and continued to play his favorite football with his friends. It is because of football, Omarov was recognized by numerous fans, sports and otherwise.
Dias’s father, Ilyas Omarov, is a prominent statesman and public figure. During the Second World War, he was the youngest Minister of Commerce, later the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan and the Minister of Culture, who went through a hungry childhood, decided that his children should be tempered and brought his eldest son to football.
Such was the blessing hand of the father!
In 1947, Ilyas first took his restless son to football. The impressions were overwhelming: in the narrow streets, father and son approached the Dynamo Stadium, and before Dias appeared a huge green field, surrounded by tall poplars around! Soccer players hit the ball that flew above the trees! The seven-year-old boy was stunned.
“In football, I liked everything: to defend and to score.
Once at the stadium “Medic” the children from the street were gathered by coach Alexei Kozelko. He broke the recruits into two teams and held a two-sided game. Timur Segizbayev scored two goals against his rivals, the same as Dias Omarov in the other team. The result was a military draw – 2: 2. That's how a great coach Kozelko recorded in his section of future stars, “Kairat”.
Later, as a promising player, Dias got to the first training camp at Kairat, devoting his youth to the legendary club. And later, the incident led him to sports journalism, a phenomenon that today can only be compared with the sport itself.
Dias was the first of the Kazakhstani, whose voice sounded from the main sports competitions - the Olympics in Munich in 1972, remembered by the fact that it was interrupted due to terrorist attacks and then resumed. He broadcast from the Moscow Olympics 1980, where he commented on matches from the field hockey on the tournament, and later at the 1998 Winter Olympics from Nagano when Kazakhstan had already become independent.
It is impossible to list all the competitions of the cities and countries from which he broadcasted painting a picture of the most exciting moments of great sport in many colors.
He had to mobilize all his intellectual potential into tight inserts of sports prime time, quickly and clearly explain the ups and downs of sports battles, placing emphasis. At that time, not everyone had televisions, and the banal commentary: “Well, you saw everything yourself” was not suitable for broadcasting on the radio.
A huge number of journalists will then say that they were students of Dias Omarov. And many later admit how they were struck by the simplicity and modesty in the behavior of a famous journalist.
Dias spoke on equal terms with youth, as a friend, answered all their questions, and often offered cooperation.
One of the main rules of Dias was the postulate that the commentator should never teach coaches and players. He had his own commentary style, which was to the liking of the large army of Kazakhstan fans.
“A true professional never does criticism, and this should be considered a positive quality of any journalist,” Dias Omarov thought and did not allow himself to utter offensive words on the air to participants in football battles, coaches, referees.
He always amazed his fans by his excellent mastery of the topic and still delights everyone with his encyclopedic knowledge, a rich archive of sports, and about sports stories.
His competent analysis of the game and the ability to captivate the TV viewer and radio listener to the football field, transmit the atmosphere of the battle through the microphone was much more interesting and exciting to listen to than the loud strained groans and interjections of many modern sports commentators.