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New sports program to take Russia to new level - Mutko

March 31, 2013, 15:38 UTC+3

Mutko noted that regions would play a big role in the program’s implementation

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MOSCOW, March 31 (Itar-Tass) – The program for development of physical culture and sports until 2020 will help take Russia to an absolutely new level, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said in an interview with Rossiya-2 TV Channel on Sunday.

“The document adopted by the government this month is very important,” he said. “The government stated that sport at all levels is one of priorities of the country’s development. If the program is implemented, in seven years we will significantly improve our results on the international scene and we will regularly enter the list of the world’s best teams.”

The new concept includes four steps. “First, this is the development of mass youth sport. We plan to open 5,000 schools and fully upgrade the operating sports facilities,” Mutko said.

“Second, this is high performance sport and here we set the task of returning to Russia its leading positions in all Olympic disciplines,” he said. “Third, this is the preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will engage 12 cities. Within five years 64 training bases will be also built. Fourth, this is the training of trainers in Russia’s leading sports. We should open 14 sports colleges and train 11,000 physical training specialists.”

Mutko noted that regions would play a big role in the program’s implementation.

“Every region will develop its own sport development concept. This provision is binding in the program. As for us we should increase the throughput of sports facilities and raise wages to local specialists,” the minister said.

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