On the final meeting of the commission on control of training of the national Deaflympic team of Russia the final team list was approved. The commission also came to a conclusion that the organizing of Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk was done on a very high level.
- Everything is done in accordance with the time-schedule – streets and buildings in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk are already being decorated with flags and banners of the Deaflympics, sport venues are also being prepared without problems, – said the head of the commission, the deputy Minister of Sport of Russia Pavel Kolobkov. – The opening ceremony will start in Khanty-Mansiysk on March’28 at 20:15 local time.
The final application list for the national team included 186 people, 76 of them are athletes. It is to be reminded that for the first time in history Russian team will participate in all 5 Deaflympic disciplines: cross-country skiing, ice hockey, snowboard, alpine skiing and curling.
- The team members are representing 16 regions of Russia, – says the President of the Russian Committee of Deaf Sports Alexander Romantsov. – The biggest number of athletes are from Moscow (15 people), Bashkortostan (11 people), Novosibirsk region and Komi republic (8 people each). The team is form in accordance with the criteria approved by the commission. Our aim is gold medals in three disciplines out of 5, but this is a very conservative prognosis.
Nevertheless, the officials of the Russian Committee of Deaf Sports think that the team will be able to renew its success on the last Winter Deaflympics. In 2007 in Salt Lake City, USA Russian team was the leader of the unofficial medal count.
Besides, during the meeting it was approved that the farewell ceremony for the national Deaflympic team of Russia will take place on March’24 on Poklonnaya Gora, Moscow. Later that day the team will take a flight to Khanty-Mansiysk. Before this, athletes and other team members will be equipped with Deaflympic uniform. At the meeting it was stated that the training plan of the national Deaflympic team is done in accordance with a schedule and some other issues were discusses.
- The flag bearer of the Opening Ceremony will be chosen in Khanty-Mansiysk, – said Pavel Kolobkov after the meeting. – It will be the most honorable and reputable athlete of the team.
It is to be reminded that the Winter Deaflympics 2015 will take place from March’26 to April’05 in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk. More than 450 athletes from 26 countries are going to participate in the Games. Thisisthebiggestnumberofparticipantsinthehistoryofthesecompetitions. 31 medal events will be held during 8 days of the Deaflympics.