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Medvedev to lead Russian delegation to Olympic Games in London

July 27, 2012, 1:10 UTC+3
The Russian Prime Minister will take part in a reception on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II in honor of heads of state and government
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Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, July 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday begins a two-day working visit to Great Britain, where he will lead the Russian delegation to the Summer Olympic Games, the press service of the Russian government reported.

The Russian Prime Minister will take part in a reception on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II in honor of heads of state and government. Within the framework of this reception, Medvedev will have working contact with British Premier David Cameron.

On the second day of his stay in London, Medvedev will meet with the Russian national team and attend a women’s volleyball match between the Russian and British teams.

“The Russian flag at the opening ceremony will be carried by tennis player Maria Sharpova, the four-time winner of the Grand Slam tournaments and Honoured Master of Sports of Russia,” the press service said.

Russia’s Olympic team includes 804 people, of whom 436 are athletes and 368 – reserve players, heads of the delegation, coaches, medics. The team’s average age is 26.5 years, the youngest member is 15 years of age (swimmer), and the eldest is an equestrian of 51 years of age. There are 228 women and 208 men in the Russian team. The Russian delegation includes delegates from 63 Russian constituent regions.

Among the Russian team members are 163 Honoured Masters of Sport of Russia and 177 International Class Masters of Sport, 48 acting world champions (including in team sport disciplines), 16 are 2008 Olympic champions.

The team includes a four-time Olympic champion (Anastasia Davydova, synchronous swimming) four two-time Olympic champions (Andrei Moiseyev of pentathlon, Elena Isinbayeva of track-and-field athletics, Maria Gromova and Elvira Khasyanova of synchronous swimming), and 19 one-time Olympic gold winners.

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