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YEKATERINBURG, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Participants in the Sochi Paralympic Games who represent the city of Yekaterinburg are in a very good physical form; their health arouses no concern, Head doctor of the Yekaterinburg physical culture and medicine center Yuri Sevastyanov told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
Four months prior to the Paralympic Games they were sent to Moscow where the Paralympic competitors remain under control of Moscow doctors. "The Paralympic contestants from Sverdlovsk have improved their physical condition to a maximum good level by the Paralympics. They are intent on victory, and I am confident that they might win," Sevastyanov said.
"Going in for sport gives a chance to people with restricted abilities to realize their social ambitions, rather use sport as a mere mechanism of upgrading their self-esteem. It is a pleasure for doctors to deal with Paralympic sportsmen. They have a strong willpower and a strong character. Many of them have gone through hardships, but they do not give way to despair and have been looking into the future with optimism," Sevastyanov said.
"When they win medals for their country one cannot help tears of pride for the nation," Sevastyanov said. They are the people Russia is proud of. I am confident they will represent Russia at the forthcoming Sochi Paralympic Games with honor," the doctor said.
The Paralympics will be held in Sochi on March 7-16.