MOSCOW, July 20 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet athletes heading for the XXX London Olympic Games in the Kremlin on July 21, the Kremlin press service reported on Friday.
More than 140 people, including 100 athletes, coaches and the heads of sport federations have been invited to the ceremony which will take place in the Kremlin for the second time.
The Russian team will compete in 34 out of 37 Olympic summer sports.
Nina Ponomaryova, a veteran Soviet discus thrower, will be present at the farewell ceremony as a guest. Ponomaryova was eight times USSR champion and the world record holder. She won the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 and in Rome in 1960.