SOCHI, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Spectators of the Winter Paralympic Games are leaving a hospitable Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi. For first post-Paralympic day the Sochi airport plans to serve around 6,500 passengers, including more than 100 people with disabilities, the press service of the air harbour operator Bazel Aero told Itar-Tass on Monday.
Russian fans are coming home with confidence that obvious changes in the attitude to people with disabilities are taking shape in the country. “Coming for the Paralympics, we heard that a large amount of work was done in Sochi to create comfortable conditions for people with disabilities. Beginning from leaving the airplane, at airport, at hotel, in walking around the city and at very sport facilities we did not feel any inconveniencies in movement at all,” chairman of the public council of parents with disabilities in Yaroslavsky district in Moscow Boris Kuznetsov told Itar-Tass.
All people who are moving by wheelchair in Sochi noted many times that not only public transport was accessible at the Games, but also shops, banks, parks and embankments. “Speaking frankly, we are moving less in Moscow than it turned out here. For ten days we succeeded not only to root for our athletes, but also visit city tourist attractions and walk along the beach,” Paralympic spectator with disability Nadezhda said. “This will be very good if other cities acquire Sochi experience. Judging by what we saw here, equipment that is installed in passages, there is nothing impossible about changing the environment for disabled people. Most important is that they will have an intention and funding,” she noted.
In the words of the Muscovite, Sochi volunteers gave valuable aid to people with disabilities. Volunteers met delegations at stairway of airplanes, helped passengers at railway stations. “Everybody took us very hospitably and what is most important tolerably. When a bus came to a stop and some time was needed for a person in wheelchair get into it other passengers were waiting patiently for their queue,” the spectator added.