ARETI International Group promotes cycling all over the world, by
supporting the cycling movement in various countries.
Igor Makarov is the Honorary President of Russian
Cycling Federation and Member of the Management Board of
International Cycling Union (UCI).
Mr. Makarov is the founder and the main sponsor of a professional
cycling team named «KATUSHA»,
registered in Switzerland, which has been in cycling’s top division and
one of the leaders of the World Tour competitions since 2009. In 2015
the name KATUSHA was used to introduce a new sports clothes brand «Katusha-sport».
In 2015 professional cycling team «KATUSHA»
finished the season, taking the second place, and scored a record
number of 1606 points. Notably, the team was only 16 points away from
the first place. This has become the best result of the team «KATUSHA»
for over a seven-year history in the World Tour. In 2016 «KATUSHA»
finished the season at the sixth place with 789 points.
Ashihara-karate is a strength kind of karate which is considered to
be an applied sport and is popular among police officers and special
In 1995 Igor Makarov founded Ashihara Karate ITERA Club which later
became Ashihara Karate ARETI Club with a training center located in the
head office of the company.
Later on, the Club was used as a basis to form a national team,
which has become one of the strongest in the world. For the time period
of 20 years the national team constituted mostly by athletes from
Ashihara Karate ARETI took part in 18 Championships and World Cups and
was awarded 297 medals (105 – gold, 82 – silver, 110 – bronze).
In the last World Championship in 2014, which took place in Gyor
(Hungary), the Russian national team became an absolute winner, taking
back the title of World Champion (in 2013 Russia was World
World Championship was not held in 2015. Nevertheless, the Russian
national team successfully participated in some World Cups and was
awarded 25 gold, 16 silver, and 15 bronze medals.
ARETI IG carries on charity traditions of ITERA IGC which account
for multiple large-scale projects and events.
Among them there are different environmental projects including the
most famous one «Flight of Hope» which is dedicated to recruitment of
great white cranes; participation in the project «Books for Cecutient
Children», organization of New-Year's celebrations and circus events
for children from orphan asylums, help for veterans of war and labor,
participation in reburial of remains of soldiers killed during the
Great Patriotic War, support for veterans of sport, reconstruction and
construction of Orthodox Churches, cooperation with different charity
Charity projects were awarded with different prizes such as
«PROBA-IPRA Golden World Awards 2010» (for «Flight of Hope» project),
UNESCO Gold Certificates and Gold Medal (for «Books for Cecutient
Children» project), etc.