According to Championat.com, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree granting the title of Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation to legendary volleyball coach Nikolay Karpol. The document was signed on April 23 and published in the national register. Karpol has been Uralochka-NTMK’s coach For The Last 49 Seasons, and also built a monumental career as USSR’s and later Russian Federation’s female national team coach that includes 2 Olympic gold medals, 2 Olympic silver medals, 7 European titles, 8 CEV Champions League titles, and 25 domestic titles.
The title of Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation, established in 2013, but seen as a sucessor to the much older Soviet Union’s Hero of Socialist Labor award, is the highest degree of distinction for special services in labour to the state and its people associated with the achievement of outstanding results in public, social and economic activities aimed at ensuring the welfare and prosperity of Russian Federation. The annual award ceremony is traditionally programmed for Labor Day, celebrated in Russia on May 1, coincidentally also Karpol’s birthday.
This is but another important prize in Karpol’s long history of excellence, as his personal volleyball story can sometimes be confused for that of Russian volleyball history itself. He was also a recipient of several other Russian and Soviet civil awards:
- Honored coach of the USSR (1980) and Russia .
- Order of Friendship of Peoples (1980).
- Honored Worker Physical Culture of the USSR (1986).
- Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1989).
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland (1998)
- Order of Friendship (2005)
- Honorary Doctorate from the Ural Federal University
To learn more about Karpol’s legendary career, read the article below:
Meet Nikolay Karpol, Uralochka-NTMK’s Coach For The Last 49 Seasons