12 February 2010, Friday, 10:10

Murtaza Rakhimov: “We pin high hopes on successful performance of Russian sportsmen at the Olympic Games”

author: news-agency "Bashinform"

The XXI winter Olympic Games start in Vancouver today. On this occasion President of Republic of Bashkortostan Murtaza Rakhimov sent his message of welcome to all sport lovers:

“The whole world will closely watch the main sport event of the four-year period. We pin high hopes on successful performance of the Russian sportsmen and this confidence is backstopped by their real achievements lately. The attention to development of the national sport and augmenting of its remarkable traditions is visually growing up in the country, so the mass sport movement is estimated today as one of the key priorities of Russia. The victory of our claim for holding of the XXII winter Olympic Games in Sochi has become the logic consequence of all this. Just in four years we have to confirm to the whole world that Russia returned the title of the great sport state by right.

The great victories are the result of hard and intense labor and in Bashkortostan this truth is known not through hearsay. We pay the most serious attention to sport. Modern sport objects are erected in the Republican towns and regions and our population gets a chance to go in for sports everywhere. We have no doubts that all decisions, approved at the state level will become a reality.

We are proud that Republic of Bashkortostan is suitably represented in the Olympic national team of Russia and citizens of Bashkortostan will watch the performances of our compatriots with pleasure.

All sport lovers expect bright performances of the Olympic hockey team, headed by the coaches of the hockey club “Salavat Ulaev” Vyacheslaw Bykov and Igor Zakharkin. I am sure the staff of the coaches and the players of our team, delegated to the Olympiad, will make weighty contribution to achievement of the main goal – the Olympic gold in Vancouver.

I wish all Russian sportsmen bright victories at the Olympic Games for the greater glory of great Russia and the fans – joy and pleasure from the enthralling sport competitions!

President of Republic of Bashkortostan Murtaza Rakhimov” – said in the message of welcome of President RB.