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Greetings on opening of Games of the Commonwealth of Independent States

September 4, 2021

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to participants, organisers and guests of the First Games of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which kicked off in Kazan.

The message reads, in part:

“I think the idea of holding the Games is an important and much-needed initiative which is to unite the CIS youth around the values of fitness and healthy and active living. Holding these large-scale competitions will certainly also promote international humanitarian cooperation.

I believe the Games will let young athletes showcase their strong will and winning spirit, and assess their capabilities and fitness level ahead of the high-end world competitions and the Olympics.

On my part, I have to say that we will do everything possible for the CIS Games to be held at the highest level and become a true festival for all participants and fans, to be remembered for their spirit of fair sports rivalry and memorable emotions in the stands.”

September 4, 2021