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Duma to mull setting up Sakhalin-based center to train sportsmen

November 14, 2012, 4:36 UTC+3

The discussion will continue until November 16

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MOSCOW, November 14 (Itar-Tass) — The establishment of a Sakhalin-based center for the training Russia's winter sports team for the 2018 Olympics will be discussed in the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament here on Wednesday.

Marat Bariyev, General Secretary of the Olympic Committee of Russia, is expected to attend a topical module meeting on the subject. Magomed Magomedov, Sakhalin Region's Minister of Sports, will be among those to take the floor.

"The 'Mountain Air' Center for winter sports is 75 percent ready," Sakhalin Region Governor Alexander Khoroshavin said earlier during the introduction of the region in the State Duma. He said, "The sports center will work for children and young people, cultivating in them a habit for a healthy way of life".

"We suggest using the new center as a modern training base for the Russian team's adaptation to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Seoul," the Governor said. His opinion is that "It is worthwhile for the State to make use of our advantages of geographical proximity to South Korea and similarity of climate".

The topical module discussion has been organized within the scope of the Sakhalin Region Days in the State Duma. The discussion will continue until November 16.



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