An Olympic champion Svetlana Zhurova has shared her impressions on the organization of the XVIII Winter Deaflympics.
First of all, an Olympic champion and a member of State Duma of Russian Federation Svetlana Zhurova has noted that the level of organization in Khanty-Mansiysk is very high: «It’s not the first time Ugra is hosting major sport competitions and championships. I feel very proud of all the work done here. Many people think that to host a sport event is very easy, but this is not true. I’d live to thank Ugra for its courage and ability to get ready for such important international competitions in a very short time».
The Olympic champion liked the Opening Ceremony of the Games and called it “kind and cozy”. Svetlana has noted that friendship between Deaflympic teams from different nations “proves that sport is out of politics”.
«Ugra was always a territory of sport, I’ve been in many places of Russia with different sport delegations, and we always paid attention to sport infrastructure and developing sports in regions. I can definitely say that Ugra is the leader in this aspect!», – said Svetlana Zhurova.
The athlete has also talked about the perspectives of the developing of speed-skating in the region. She said that Ugra has all infrastructure for this and only needs to find an experienced coach.