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Greeting on opening of multifunctional sports centre for children's FC Totem

September 12, 2017

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to participants, organisers and guests of the opening ceremony for the multifunctional sports centre for the Krasnoyarsk children's football club Totem.

The message reads, in part:

“This is a long-awaited and truly festive occasion for all the FC Totem members and their coaches. The world leader among teams of children’s homes and boarding schools has obtained a modern and comfortable venue for training, practicing and hosting matches.

It is symbolic that today, the cup of the 2018 FIFA world championship is presented here. After all, the preparations for such important international competitions, building brilliant, outstanding teams that are geared to win, begin with children's and youth sports, with the search for young talents, followed by fostering and developing them. It is precisely such arenas as yours that should unite everyone who loves this sport in our country and aspires to soar to new heights.”

September 12, 2017