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MOSCOW, December 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he is convinced Russian athletes will represent the country honorably at the 2016 Olympic Games.
"New responsible starts lie ahead of you, and first of all, these are the games of the 31st Olympics of 2016. I am convinced mastery, character and team unity will help you achieve success and honorably represent our country at the key sports event of the incoming year," reads Putin’s welcome address to the participants, organizers and guests of the Russian Olympians Ball 2015 read out by Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov.
The Russian president noted that such traditional meetings are always a big and genuinely festive event uniting the country’s best athletes, their coaches, representatives of public, volunteer organizations, relevant ministries and departments.
"Today we are honoring both celebrated veterans and those who only recently added their names to the history of the Olympic movement, to the chronicle of victories and triumphs of domestic sports," the address said.
"Their outstanding achievements are our national heritage and common matter of pride. A graphic example for the rising generation," it said.