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KOLOMNA /Moscow region/, February 11 /TASS/. The World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships opened in the city of Kolomna, the Moscow region, on Thursday in the presence of Moscow region Governor Andrei Vorobyov and Russian Deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornykh.
The Moscow region is hosting the first world speed skating championships in its history.
"Russia rightly has the honor to host these prestigious competitions. Our country has always shown great interest in this dynamic and fascinating sport. We are proud of the entire galaxy of world class masters who performed triumphantly at most prestigious international tournaments and competitions," Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his address to the championships’ guests and participants.
He noted that speed skating was growing popular in Russia again. "Modern ice palaces, grounds and stadiums are being built and talented young people are coming into this sport," Putin said.
More than 160 athletes from 28 countries will compete for 14 sets of medals at the Kolomna speed skating center (6,150 seats) from February 11 to 14.