24 March 2014, 04:53

Putin to sum up results of Games in Sochi

Putin to sum up results of Games in Sochi

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Monday will sum up the results of the Games in Sochi and consider a re-introduction of the GTO (Russian acronym for "Ready for Labour and Defence") physical training norms for people in Russia.

These matters have been brought up for discussion at a session of the Council to the Head of State for Physical Culture and Sports, the Kremlin press service reported.

The Council is also expected devote attention to the development of mass sports and physical training, the preparation of sportsmen for next Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018, and, on the whole, to the developmeny of Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports in Russia.

It is planned that Putin will present State awards to the organizers of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, to coaches and directors of sports federations.

Mayor Sergey Sobyanin awards medals to Moscow Paralympians

A ceremony to honor and award Muscovites who won medals at the XI Paralympic Winter Games in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi earlier this month was held in the Moscow City Hall’s historical White Hall on Tverskaya Street in the center of the Russian capital on Friday.

"The important result of your victories is that you show tens of thousands of people, and in Moscow these are hundreds of thousands of people, who found themselves in this or that difficult life situation, by your example that all these difficulties could be overcome," Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin told Paralympians.

"To overcome oneself is sometimes harder than to beat one’s rivals. You have done it, setting an example to hundreds of thousands of people with health problems, disabilities that there are no restrictions, that there are people with unlimited capabilities. You have proven that," Sobyanin said.

He praised the Paralympians for their excellent result at the Games, recalling that Team Russia won some 30 percent of the overall number of medals.

"On behalf of Muscovites, I want to thank you for the work that you carried out, for the convincing victory you secured: the victory in sports, victory of character, victory of will to live. I think all you have done is the feat of your life," the mayor said.

He gave awards to the athletes. Like those Muscovites who won medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Paralympians will get 4 million rubles ($110,000) for each gold medal, 2.5 million rubles ($69,000) for silver and 1.7 million rubles ($47,000) for each bronze. Coaches will also be awarded.

The award winners include six-time Paralympic champion Roman Petushkov (biathlon, cross-country skiing), Svetlana Konovalova (biathlon, cross-country skiing, 2 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze), sledge hockey players Alexey Amosov, Dmitry Lisov, Nikolay Terentyev, (silver medalists), biathlete Alexey Bychenok (silver), cross-country skiing champion Alexander Pronkov as well as wheelchair curling silver medalist Alexander Shevchenko.

Muscovites won 9 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. Overall, Team Russia won 80 awards at the Games: 30 golds, 28 silvers and 22 bronzes, topping the medal count.

The 2014 Winter Paralympic Games kicked off in Sochi on March 7 and ended March 16. Over 1,350 Paralympic athletes from 45 countries were competing for 72 sets of medals at Russia’s first ever Winter Paralympic Games.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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