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Birthday greetings to Ezio Gamba, head coach of the Russian National Judo Team

December 2, 2018

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the Russian National Judo Team’s head coach Ezio Gamba on his 60th birthday.

The message reads, in part:

“Numerous judo enthusiasts know you as a talented athlete, who is committed to the highest ideals of sports and Olympism, and who has done much to advance and popularise martial arts.

Of course, for Russian judo fans, you serve as an example of a successful, wise mentor and a true professional, who knows how to inspire his students to win.

It is no coincidence that Russian judokas won their first Olympic gold in history under your guidance. Today, they continue to perform admirably at prestigious world-class sports events.”

December 2, 2018