The Minister of Sport of Russian Federation held a meeting with journalists in the capital of the XVIII Winter Deaflympics, Khanty-Mansiysk.
«Deaflympics is not only a sport event, but a humanitarian initiative,- said Vitaly Mutko. – This is a signal for many people to go in for sport and to rise above themselves. The example of deaf athletes is very important for others ».
Vitaly Mutko has also thanked the active governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova and the governor of Chelyabinsk regionBoris Dubrovskiy “for their enthusiasm and creating such comfortable conditions for the competitions”.
In the framework of his visit to Khanty-Mansiysk the Minister of Sport of Russia held a meeting with the organizing committee of the XVIII Winter Deaflympics. He has also attended the skiathlon races and supported the cross-country skiing team of Russia.
«Khanty-Mansiysk has a right to be called the sport capital of Russia. The sport infrastructure is very good here; the city has a huge experience in hosting big international sport events. I am very glad that the first gold medal in women’s cross-country skiing competitions was won by an athlete from Khanty-Mansiysk. So once again the city has proved its high status», – said Vitaly Mutko.
Together with Natalia Komarova the Minister of Sport has visited the Deaflympic sport venues. He has noted that the sport venues of Ugra are absolutely ready for hosting such important competitions.
Vitaly Mutko said: «The weather here is also good. You have no problems with snow and rapid temperature change. Thecityiscozyandcompact. I am really impressed by the number of sport tracks in Khanty-Mansiysk. At the moment the sport infrastructure of the city could be compared with Sochi. I am keeping in touch with foreign athletes and coaches. They are all satisfied and like the Games. They enjoyed the Opening Ceremony. Now it’s turn of the athletes to show good results. I wish luck to our national team!»