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Russian heavily disabled boy to become Sochi Paralympic torchbearer

January 23, 2014, 17:58 UTC+3 RYAZAN
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RYAZAN, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Heavily disabled boy, Serezha Denisov, from the central Russian city of Ryazan will become an Olympic torchbearer at an opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in the southern Russian city of Sochi. The teenager suffers from a rare disease of brittle bone syndrome, but despite this fact he is an active sport fan, the Ryazan branch of the charity ‘Children’s Little Houses’ told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“Serezha, 14, who suffers from high fragility of bones, will run around 200 metres at an opening ceremony of the Sochi Paralympics. After that he will support actively Russian Paralympic athletes. Meanwhile, he will have a chance to meet with his sport idols in the city of Sochi,” employee of the charity ‘Children’s Little Houses’ Arina Koldova told Itar-Tass.

Serezha’s dream can come true soon and he is preparing actively for a trip to the Winter Olympic capital of Sochi. He will fly to the city together with his mother on March 5.

“I always watch with special pleasure a competition of curling in wheelchairs. This is an amazing, hard and tough sport, which is as spectacular as conventional curling, but disabled people in wheelchairs play it! I hope to shake hands with each member of our national team!” Serezha told Itar-Tass.

All-Russia contest under the motto “Sport in My Life” helped to make the dream of the heavily disabled boy come true. Children with health problems wrote down essays and made presentations in the contest. Serezha was named as one of contest’s winners and now he can watch the scale of Sochi Olympic sites.

Serezha is ‘a little star’ in his native city, he does very well at school, participates actively in many events and is engaged in creative activity - drawing fine prints, collecting coins and crystal figures, which are as fragile as he is. A total of 14 disabled people with Serezha’s diagnosis live in the region.

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