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Ugra welcomes Deaflympic athletes from all countries

The Government of Russian Federation had a meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Winter Deaflympics 2015 under the chairmanship of the Vice Prime Minister of Russian Federation Arkadiy Dvorkovich.

One of the main reports of the meeting was made by the Governor of Ugra and the deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee Natalia Komarova and was dedicated to the process of getting ready for the Deaflympics.

The Governor has told about the results of the work of controlling commission that had visited Khanty-Mansiysk the day before.

«In general the commission was satisfied with the process of getting ready for the competitions. All the works will be finished till March’01 and all the comments and wishes of the commission will be taken into consideration», – said the head of the region.

Natalia Komarova has also noticed that the Organizing Committee of the Games has done a big work to popularize Deaflympic movement by giving Deaflympic lessons in schools and other education institutions. The initiative attracted a lot of young people that decided to become volunteers. At the moment around 450 people are volunteers of the Deaflympics.

«Now, 2 months before the start of the Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk we are working on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, – said the governor in her report. – Besides, there will be the Deaflympic torch relay in Khanty-Mansiysk; members of our national team from different regions of Russia will participate in it».

The Deputy Minister of Sport of Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov has noted that the autonomous region made a large-scale job: sport venues of the Deaflympics are defined and their preparation is almost finished; accommodation and catering issues are settled; mascot and logo of the Games are approved; official web-page is made; volunteers and referees are chosen and are now learning sign language.

The President of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD) Valeriy Rukhledev has noted that the number of participants of the Winter Deaflympics is constantly growing — at the moment applications are received from 450 athletes from 27 countries. «The process of application is still running and will end in the end of February. For example, on the last Deaflympics in Salt Lake City 298 athletes from 23 countries were participating. In Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk 31 medal event will be hold. I’d like to add that Khanty-Mansiysk has developed sport, tourist and transport infrastructures and has a big experience in hosting international sport events», – said Valeriy Rukhledev.

It is to be reminded that the XVIII Winter Deaflympics will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk from March’28 till April’05. The biggest part of the competitions will be conducted in the capital of Ugra – sport events in all Deaflympic disciplines will take place here. Magnitogorsk will host some alpine skiing events, but the last day of competitions in alpine skiing will be in Khanty-Mansiysk on the alpine skiing complex “Khvoyny Urman”.

According to the information of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf, more than 2000 people from 27 countries among them 450 athletes are going to participate in the Games. The process of the application will be finished in the end of February 2015.


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