04 March 2013, Monday, 14:15
author: Bashinform News Agency
The President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov has held a meeting with the President of the Committee of the International Children's Games Torsten Rasch and Secretary General Richard Smith in the House of Republic.
In his opening speech Rustem Khamitov marked that the end of these Games does not assume the end of cooperation.
“We plan to continue such cooperation, to work together, to communicate. Especially, it seems to me that our Games were held quite well. I often visit sports objects, I communicate with children and I see that they are very happy. We are glad meeting you, cooperating and establishing friendly relations. Certainly, it is very good and valuable experience for us.”
The President of ICG Committee shared his impressions of the sports events.
“We consider that the Games were of tremendous success in your republic,” Torsten Rasch said. “Such estimation is given not only by us, but also by children-participants of the competitions. These days we felt at home here thanks to the hospitality of all the people with whom we communicated. We would like to mark also high professionalism of all organizers and participants. Also I want to tell that the Games target was 110 percent achieved both in respect of the organisation, and in respect of professionalism. If to speak about the facts I can mark that these Games became the most attended in terms of participants and in terms of audience in the history of our Games.”
Rustem Khamitov suggested continuing cooperation in organisation of other joint events.
The Secretary General of ICG Committee Richard Smith marked that thanks to the Games the foundation for the further interaction was formed.
“We laid the strong foundation for our further cooperation,” Richard Smith said. “Now the city of Ufa is an integral part of our large federation. We even are ready to consider possibility of inclusion of the representative from Ufa in our governing bodies. We will always be glad to welcome teams from Ufa at all our competitions. As to possibility of carrying out of summer Games we have such precedents when a city spent both winter, and summer Games. Certainly, next two years it is impossible. But further Ufa can apply and for carrying out of the International Children's Summer Games. For Ufa children it is a possibility to take part in such competitions, to meet their equals in age from other countries and cities.”
The President of the republic thanked visitors for cooperation.
“I hope that our cooperation was mutually advantageous and beneficial,” Rustem Khamitov said. “We gained experience which you shared with us. You looked at our good examples. Certainly, it will promote as a whole development of children's sports in the world.”