Nomi Khachid. From Asia to the World
Everybody has breaking moments in life. One of those moments in Nomi’s life came when she started to play volleyball.
Starting to play at age 8 and becoming the youngest league player in history 14, she realized very soon what her passion was. As happens with many girls involved in sports, she didn’t have her parents’ support. Despite being part of the team that won the national championship three times in Mongolia, she says sadly, “My parents never saw me playing volleyball.”
It came to be that Nomi couldn’t practice volleyball anymore because of an injury in her back. Indeed, the doctor prohibited from playing volleyball unless she wanted to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. At this point, being still young and wanting to keep involved in the sport, she decided to move on — first, as a volunteer in the Asian Eastern Zonal Men’s Volleyball Championship in 2015 and, after, as a referee. In this event, she had an inspirational moment, thanks to an advice given by one of the Japanese supervisors. He told her, “The higher your aspirations are, the more you will achieve.”
From that moment until now, Nomi hasn’t stopped being a big dreamer.
Being involved in volleyball and sports in general, she realized soon the issues resulting from the lack of skilled professionals in the sector. In Mongolia and other developing countries, the sports management sector is growing rapidly; young generations of athletes are demanding attention from coaches and sports organizations; mega-sports events are moving from developed to developing countries; the sport for development and peace sector is also demanding qualified professionals.
She wants, and she is part of, this young business.
Nomi now holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the Mongolian University of Life Science. Too, she got the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in 2009, and in Golomt Bank in 2011 thanks to her high grades and commitment to studying. These awards are important to her, but the most important here is to show results when she is involved with some cause. During five years as a member of the International Rotary Club, she helped to implement over 100 projects, impacting more than 300 young people. In 2015, her project to help Hope Hospice in building a new hospice facility was awarded $50,000 in prize money from THE ONE International Humanitarian Award, which went to constructing a two-story Hospice facility. She also helped actively to get eyesight tests for over 1,500 children from underprivileged district schools while providing 650 pairs of glasses, all proof of her desire to serve and help others.