On Tuesday the farewell ceremony in honor of athletes of Russian team going to Khanty-Mansiysk to participate in Deaflympics 2015 was held at the memorial complex on Poklonnaya Gora, Moscow.
On March’28 the first Russian home Deaflympics will start in the capital of Ugra. Around 450 athletes from 27 countries will participate in 31 medal events in 5 sport disciplines: sross-country skiing, ice-hockey, curling, snowboarding and alpine skiing that will be held in Magnitogorsk. The team of Russia will be the biggest one – it includes 76 athletes. Theteamalsohas 25 coaches, 13 doctorsand 43 officials.
— It’s to be noted that not only Russia is hosting Deaflympics for the first time in history, Russian team was not competing in all 5 disciplines of the Games before, — said the presidential adviser of Russia Igor Levitin after the anthem of Russia was sung in sign language. — I am sure the team will justify hopes of its supporters and will bring the real sport holiday to us. I wish all of you luck and success that are always accompanying the strongest. Have a happy journey!
The deputy minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov that was the chairman of the commission on control of training of the national Deaflympic team of Russia has greeted the athletes on behalf of Vitaly Mutko. A secretary general of the Russian Paralympic Committee Andrey Strokin and an honored vice-president of ROC Vladimir Yasin have also wished luck to the athletes.
—We want to thank the Ministry of Sport of Russia, together with authorities of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug and Chelyabinsk region that will be hosting the Games, for their full support, — said the head of the Russian Committee of Deaf Sports Alexander Romantsiv. — These Games are the most important events in life of every athlete. The prestige of our country depends on them. I wish all of you to show good results in the competitions. Go, Russia!
Athletes of curling, snowboarding and alpine skiing teams are having their debut on the Games. So around 80% of all team members are debutants. However, the team also includes some well-experiences athletes such as seven-time Deaflympic champion Anna Fedulova. She and a cross-country skier from Ugra Serfey Yermilov had an honor to receive the flag of Russia from the heroes of Summer Deaflympics 2013 swimmers Martin Fomin and Eleonora Bykova, and to give an oath of athletes.
Two years ago in Sofia, as well as on last Winter Deaflympics 2007 in Salt Lake City, the team of Russia was the leader of the unofficial medal count. That’s why the fans of sport have all the chances to hope that among those that will come to Khanty-Mansiysk from Moscow with a charter flight will be many medal-winners of our home Deaflympics. It’s only a few days left before the start of the Games.