On the National Unity Day, citizens of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug have sung the national anthem of Russia in sign language.
Khanty-Mansiysk is getting ready to host the forthcoming XVIII Winter Deaflympics. On the National Unity Day people of three Ugra cities has sung the anthem of Russia in sign language as an act of solidarity and support to the Deaflympics movement. In Khanty-Mansiysk the initiative took place on the central square of the city during the holiday meeting.
“The initiative shows our unity and the willingness to host the Deaflympics, – says the Olympic champion in cross-country skiing Evgeniy Dementiev, – Athletes who participated in the Olympic and Paralympic games were very successful and became the leaders of the medal standings. Now it’s the turn of our Deaflympics team. I will support the deaf athletes of Ugra and Russian team in general”.
The members of the volunteer club “Respect” of the Centre of adaptive sport of Ugra became the active participants of the initiative.
“We are happy that Khanty-Mansiysk is going to host the Deaflympics. We are working hard to get ready for this event. In September we have attended courses of the sign language. As we have been working on sport competitions we have already made friends among deaf athletes. Now we can communicate with them without any barriers, – says the volunteer Islam Kakelov.
In Surgut the initiative took place in the Sport Centre “Energetik” during the sport festival “When we are united, we are unwinnable”. Both healthy and deaf athletes have participated in the competition. Among them were famous track and field athletes: the Deaflympics champion Maxim Bgan, the silver medalist of the Deaflympics Julia Lyubchik and volleyball silver medalists of the Deaflympics Pavel Fatin, Vladimir Shmygin, Alexander Drozdov and Maxim Salmin.
In Nizhnevartovsk the national anthem of Russia has opened the concert “Hail Russia” in the Palace of Arts.
The anthem was sung in all three cities at the same time – 2 p.m. It has united 2.5 thousand people.
Together with the citizens of Khanty-Mansiysk the governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova has also sung the anthem in sign language.
According to Eduard Isakov, the member of the regional Parliament and the director of the Centre of adaptive sport of Ugra, this initiative took place for the first time. Its’ aim was to draw attention of the society to the sport of the deaf and the Deaflympics 2015: “It is quite difficult to sing the national anthem of Russia in sign language. Of cause we were repeating the gesticulation of the sign language interpreter; however, many of us were making mistakes. We have organized this initiative to make people interested in learning how to communicate with the deaf, to make them able to speak with the participants and visitors of the Deaflympics”.