Solemn seeing-off of National Team of Russia to 21th Summer Deaflympics in Sofia
Yesterday, on 20 July solemn seeing-off National Deaf Team of the Russian Federation to 22nd Summer Deaflympics 2013 has taken place in the Hall of Glory of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War. The Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Mr. Vitaly Mutko, the Secretary of Council at the President of the Russian Federation on Physical Culture and Sport Development Mr. Alexey Kulakovskiy, the Chairman of Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on Physical Culture, Sports and Youth Mr. Igor Ananskikh, the President of Russian Committee of Deaf Sports Dr. Valery Rukhledev and other officials took part in it.
Mr. Vitaly Mutko addressed athletes, coaches and experts before performance on Games. Addressing to members of delegation, the minister told: "Dear friends, To me gives huge pleasure on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation and from myself personally to welcome you, representatives of delegation which will take part soon in one of the largest complex international competitions – Summer Deaflympics. A domestic Deaf sport has big and nice traditions. Our athletes take in these Games part since 1957 and steadily show very high level of skill and devotion. It is most important that they always adequately represent our country. It is sure, and this delegation won't be an exception. 85 countries send the teams, you will have serious rivals. But we know how you carefully prepared, trained. And we believe in you that you win serious competitive fight. Your victories will give a big impulse to development of Deaf sports over all country. I wish you successful performances! We will support you and always we will be near you! ".
Dr. Valery Rukhledev, in turn, thanked the Russia Leaders for continued support of the Russian deaflympians and attention to them.
During ceremony symbolical transfer of banner of Russian Committee of Deaf Sports by National team of the Russian Federation which has won the Victory on the 21st Taipei Summer Deaflympics in 2009 to the Team going on Games to Sofia took place.
Let's note that the 22nd Summer Deaflympics will take place from July 26 to August 5, 2013. About 4000 athletes from 94 states will take part in them. All expenses on sending and equipment of members of National team of Russia were assumed by the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.