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State to rivet much attention to Paralympic development, Putin said

August 20, 2012, 13:41 UTC+3
The Russian Paralympic team will compete in 12 sports in London
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MOSCOW, August 20 (Itar-Tass) — President Vladimir Putin said the state would rivet much attention to the Paralympic development in Russia.

The president wished the success to the Russian Paralympic team, which would leave for London on Monday to take part in the 14th Paralympic Games.

Meeting athletes in the Kremlin, Putin said the state would rivet much attention to supporting the Paralympic development in Russia.

The upcoming competitions, which will take place in London, will be not easy and rather fierce, the Russian president said.

At the same time, he said the Russian team achieved the stable performances. At the previous Paralympic Games in Beijing every second Russian athlete won medals.

“The state intends to rivet much attention to the Paralympic development in Russia,” Putin stressed. The state will create necessary conditions for allowing disabled people to take sports.

He recognised that problems “cannot be solved in an instant”. “But we are ready to act persistently and consistently in order to involve regions and local authorities in our work,” the president said.

Paralympics’ example inspires and gives hopes to millions of people. “Every your victory and every your success deserves deep respect. We will always support you with all our heart,” Putin pointed out.

Over 270 people, including 163 athletes, over 40 doctors, massage therapists, sign language interpreters and coaches, were invited to the Kremlin to take part in the solemn ceremony.

The Russian Paralympic team will compete in 12 sports in London. The Paralympic Games will open on August 29.

Earlier, Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko said the national Paralympic team “will look solid and steady” at the Games in London. “At the previous Paralympic Games in Beijing the Russian team was the eighth. Before were not inside the top ten. Although we do not set any concrete tasks progress is evident,” the minister said.

In his words, “in the last two Olympic cycles we riveted attention to Paralympic sports. Many training bases were opened where equal opportunities for disabled persons were given.”

“Now we are providing considerable funding to training Paralympics. As for salaries, they are the same as ordinary athletes have. Today many coaches have worked in adaptive sports and train Paralympic athletes. We also approved a programme for developing Paralympic sports that we lacked earlier,” Mutko stressed.

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