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Medvedev to hold conference on State support for Russia's Olympians

January 20, 2014, 5:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 20, /ITAR-TASS/. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday will hold a conference on measures of State support to Russia's Olympians. A governmeny press service official that those present at the confrence would discuss the activities oft he Foundation for Support to the Olympians of Russia (FSOR) with a view to raising the motivation of sportsmen and coaches for achieving high sports results. They will also discuss the results of the implementation of the charity programmes in the field of sports, the official added.

Vice-Premier Dmitry Kozak, Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko, Alexander Zhukov, president of the Olympic Committee of Russia, officials of executive power bodies, and the chiefs of Russia's major companies will take part in the conference.

In 2011, three thousand presidential grants were instituted in State support to high-performance sports and as additional social guarantees for sportsmen, coaches, and other specialists of the RF national teams for Olympic sports. The grants are paid monthly and amount to 32,000 roubles.

Under the State Programme for the Development of Physical Culture and Sports, a new sports results-oriented system of the remuneration of labour of sporstsmen, coaches and team specialists was introduced.

In particular, winners of Olympic Games get 151,100 roubles as a monthly pay at the expense of the Federal budget; world champions and silver medallists of Olympics are paid 122,100 roubles, and European champions are paid 110,400 roubles a month.

In most constituent entities of the Russian Federation, monetary rewards have been also established for sportsmen and coaches on the strength of the results of their performance at Olympic Games, world championships and other sports competitions, as well as monthly grants for sports achievements.

In 2012 and 2013, the RF government instituted awards, amounting to four million roubles for Russia's sportsmen for a gold medal, 2.5 millino roubles for silver, and 1.7 million roubles for bronze.

FSOR was established in 2005 by the owners of Russia's 15 major companies. The main purpose of FSOR is to support the development of high-performance sports. The Foundation is financed only from private resources on a programmatic basis.

In the 2005-2011 period, the members of national teams in winter sports received from FSOR 1,845 grants to a sum of 949 million roubles. In summer sports, in the 2005-2012 period, 7,819 grants were issued to a sum of 3.875 billion roubles. Among the recipients of the grants were juniors (stand-by Olympic reserve), the share of whome in FSOR programmes for wintrr sports was from 36 to 50 percent of the total number of grant recipients and 42-48 percent of those in summer sports.

In 2009, the FSOR Board of Trustees adopted a pilot programme for support to specialised children's and youth sports schools of the Olympic Reserve. In the 2009-2013 period, 625 FSOR-provided grants were given to 617 schools in eight Federal districts to a sum of 1.11 billion roubles.

Besides, grants were assigned to four Olympic reserve schools, hit by floods in Khabarovsk Territory, to an amount of nine million roubles. Since 2007, FSOR has been supporting silver and bronze medallists of Olympic Games who attained the age of retirement. FSOR is also planning to send 150 sports veterans to this year's Games in Sochi.

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