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SOCHI, February 07, 19:34 /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has met Ukraine’s Olympic team in Sochi and wished it success and victories at the Sochi Olympics.
“I wish you to accomplish all your sport dreams. You are entering a period in your life which can create conditions for you to reach the heights which you have been trying to achieve,” the Ukrainian president said during the meeting.
Yanukovich’s press service reported that the president had arrived in Sochi to meet and support the Ukrainian national team and raise the combat spirit of its athletes. He said that desire to win and strong character were supposed to help them achieve their sport goals.
Ravil Safiullin, Ukraine’s acting minister of youth and sport, who was present at the meeting, noted that the 2014 state budget provided for an almost 20 percent increase in sport funding.
“The team held all the necessary training sessions as part of preparations for the Olympic Games, while the state has met all the obligations it has signed for, having allocated 13 million dollars in three years,” the minister explained.
Sergei Bubka, the president of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee, said that 43 athletes would represent Ukraine at the Games. He thanked President Yanukovich for supporting sport and the Olympic movement.