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Greetings to International Forum Russia – Country of Sports

October 9, 2014

Vladimir Putin sent a message of greetings to participants and guests of the 5th International Sports Forum Russia – Country of Sports underway in Cheboksary, capital of Chuvashia.

The message reads, in part:

“This year has been truly triumphant for Russian sport. Our athletes have won a record number of medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi and demonstrated good results at other major international competitions. This success instils pride in our homeland and serves as a reliable guideline for the younger generation.

Our goal today is to preserve this powerful potential, to create a reliable basis for future victories and to promote the values of sport, fitness and a healthy lifestyle in practice. Among our key priorities is the creation of a modern sports infrastructure, the construction of new stadiums and ice palaces, health and training centres, and improving the quality of teaching physical culture and sports at schools and universities. In addition, we need to pay special attention to promoting the legendary Ready for Sports and Defence fitness system, which already unites an impressive number of people, including representatives of the younger generation.”

October 9, 2014