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MOSCOW, August 23 (Itar-Tass) - Fishing Championship of Russia, which begins in Tver Region on Friday, will draw more than 100 professional athletes from 15 regions of the country. The teams include international-class masters of sports from Arkhangelsk, Leningrad, Voronezh, and Rostov Regions, as well as St. Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnodar Territory, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. Competitions will be held in the cooling water reservoir of the Kalinin nuclear power station (NPS) (the town of Udomlya, Tver Region).
"The Championship of Russia is a major event of national level and one of the main stages of compiling a list of candidates for Russia's national team," an official in the press service of the Rosatom state corporation, one of the hosts of the venue, pointed out.
It is planned that there will be competitions in the amateur category, with anyone wishing being able to participate. The amateurs will be able to contest prizes along with professionals. The competitions will be held in individual and team classification. Winners will be awarded cups and valuable prizes.
Within the framework of the Championship of Russia, a Cooking festival will be held on August 25. A jury will judge dishes cooked by local chefs from fish caught by sportsmen a day before.
The program of the events will also provide for a master class by Konstantin Ivlev, an authoritative Moscow-based chef, the founder of the culinary school "Ask the Chef".
This year's Russian fish catching championship - which has been organized by the Russian Association of public organizations of the Rosokhotrybolovsoyuz with support from the Rosatom state corporation, the Rosenergoatom company, and the Kalininn NSP - will last until August 25.
Such competitions were earlier held in the cooling water reservoir of the Novo-Voronezh NPS in 2009, at Rostov NPS in 2011, and at Smolensk NPS in 2012.