Sport is my life. I believe that it unites and inspires people. Sport should remain the most neutral, open and safe environment for athletes from all over the world. I have created the We Compete As One foundation to support athletes who have been excluded from competition for non-sporting reasons.

Nikita Mazepin,

Chairman of the Foundation's Board

About the Foundation

We have created the We Compete As One foundation to aid athletes who have been banned from competing for non-sporting reasons. The Foundation provides psychological counseling, legal aid, educational assistance and career guidance to athletes performing at the international level.

Support areas

We are a team of professionals with the common goal of helping athletes banned from competing for non-sporting reasons. We believe in impartial sports ethics and equal opportunity for all athletes. We appreciate each athlete for his and her uniqueness, respect moral stance, feelings and diversity of personal opinions. We pay special attention to the needs of the participants of the Foundation and always strive to provide targeted aid to each beneficiary.

Equal opportunity
Comprehensive approach
Margarita Tereschenkova Master of Sports of International Class in para cross-country skiing and biathlon
Psychological support is the main area of assistance that I’ve received being a part of the Foundation. During the sessions with a sports psychologist, I managed to sort out what was bothering me and determine the way of solving the problems. Each new meeting made me feel better. The sessions made my every day happier and easier!
Julia Mikheeva Master of Sports in para cross-country skiing and biathlon
When I joined the We Compete As One foundation, I felt like I was driving a car at full speed with no wheel in it, in total uncertainty, covering the face with my hands. I needed to distract myself from what had happened, to find support. The Foundation's specialists helped me out with it: they organized a course of psychological sessions for me, and gave me an opportunity to continue my English studies.
Vsevolod Shcheglov Candidate Master of Sports in para snowboard
The Foundation’s team offered me a course of sessions with a sports psychologist. The specialist helps athletes find motivation to continue one’s career, as well as determine a new way beyond sport. During our meetings, we discussed most pressing issues of self-esteem, self-confidence, and goal-setting. This allowed me to find new strength to train further and prepare for competitions to come. For the first time in a while, I feel myself better.
Anastasiya Karmaeva World champion in MMA, champion of Russia in martial arts and wrestling
The Foundation’s specialists helped me get a new job in the sports development and youth policy department of a prominent Russian company. This very area interests me a lot, so finally I can put the experience I’ve gained into practice. There is my first business trip coming up, so now I am delving into workflows and business processes.
Anna Panferova Master of Sports of International Class in para cross-country skiing and biathlon
I want to thank the We Compete As One foundation for the psychological support I got here. The sports psychologist I worked with helped me understand myself better, gave me valuable advices on how to move forward, and taught me a lot of new things.
Natalya Aristarkhova Master of Sports of International Class in athletics
The turning point of the course was a comprehensive analysis of my character qualities. I saw that it is not that bad – I used to think that I had completely burned out and broke down. Now I know it for sure – I am still motivated, can prioritize and achieve my goals. Most importantly, I learnt that I could work out the issues that knock me out of my “sports balance”.

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