MOSCOW, August 10 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has greeted athletes and amateurs on the Sportsman’s Day, which Russia celebrates on Saturday, the Kremlin’s press service said.
“This year we are celebrating a major date - 90 years ago this country organised federal and local sports authorities,” the greeting reads. “Over the past time, this country organised a strong system of sports education, sports schools for training the Olympic reserve, sports clubs and sections; this country achieved great victories and results.”
“The government is paying much attention to development of mass sports, to promotion of healthy living in the society,” Putin said. “We are building the sports infrastructures, new stadiums and ice palaces, and training complexes. The triumphs of our athletes at major international competitions add to our pride for this country and become a strong basis for the youth’s patriotism.”
Traditionally, Russia has been celebrating the Sportsman’s Day on the second Saturday in August by organisation of mass sports events across the country. The holiday celebrations began in the 20s-30s of the previous century and have become very popular.