SOCHI, March 13, /ITAR-TASS/. The heads of the National Paralympics Committees said the Sochi Paralympics were the best in history, Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko said.
“Everyone is pleased with how the Games were organised and held,” Mutko said after meeting with the heads of the National Paralympic Committees on Thursday, March 13.
“In many countries [they] said that there would be organisational problems at the Paralympic Games. Now they come and seen everything with their own eyes, and they are absolutely delighted by the conditions we have created here, and by the attention and support from volunteers. Everything has been done to a T and they have noted that. All of them agreed that these are the best Winter Games in the history of the Paralympic movement,” the minister said.
Commenting on foreign athletes’ attitude to the fact that Team Russia has gone far ahead of the others by the number of medals won, Mutko attributed this success to the thorough preparation of Russian athletes and the government’s attention to the development of Paralympic sports in the country.
“The president of Russia attends competitions and meets with athletes. Where else will you find a president like that? Everyone can see the attention sports get in our country and how we work with the Paralympic Committee of Russia. This brings young athletes into our team, and this cannot but be noticed. Our success at the 2014 Games is not accidental,” he said.
Team Russia has won 50 medals up to date: 18 gold, 18 solver and 14 bronze ones.