MOSCOW, February 27, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday will take part in a ceremony of awarding Russian medalists of the Sochi Olympics with motor cars, the press service of the Russian government reported. The ceremony will be held on the St. Basil’s Slope by the Kremlin walls.
These presents to Russian athletes, who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Winter Games in Russia’s Sochi, were allocated by the Russian Fund of Support of Olympic Athletes. The Russian prime minister chairs the Fund’s board of trustees.
The ceremony has already become a tradition after Olympic Games. This time, the Olympic medalists will be awarded Mercedes-Benz cars, the press service of the fund told Itar-Tass. The models will depend on the denomination of the medals.
A total of 137 BMW cars were presented to Russian medalists after the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing in 2008, and 22 Audi cars - after the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010. After the latest Summer Games in London in 2012, gold medal winners were awarded with Audi A8 cars, silver medalists received Audi A7 cars, and bronze medalists - Audi A6 cars, in all 129 vehicles.
The press service also said that along with motor cars, the Sochi Olympics medalists will be paid monetary awards.
The Russian Olympic team won 33 medals at the Sochi Games, including 13 gold medals, 11 silver medals and nine bronze medals, surpassing its previous Winter Olympics record of 11 gold medals, set at the 1994 Winter Games in Norway’s Lillehammer.