26 June 2013, Wednesday, 17:39
author: Bashinform News Agency
On June 25, in the city of Aleksin (the Tula region) the President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov took part in the meeting on measures to create conditions for physical training and sports of disabled people and to develop Paralympic and Surdlympic sports in the Russian Federation, the press-service of the head of the region informs.
During the meeting the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev charged relative ministries and departments to include in the following version of the program «Accessible Environment» for the period to 2015 measures related to sports objects access by disabled people.
“Our task is to make so that number of people, who would like to go in for sports and are handicapped, grows six times by 2020,” Dmitry Medvedev said.
“Now only in 10 subjects of our country there are centres on preparation of professional disabled sportspeople and only 20 percent (of regions) have sports facilities accessible to invalids. It is not just small amount, it is a shameful figure,” marked Dmitry Medvedev.
As he said, formation of accessible sports environment for 13 million people with physical disabilities was quite important.
“For three years the number of disabled people which are engaged in physical training has increased almost twice, that we have quite good trends. But it is only 3,5 percent from number of those who could be engaged in it,” the Prime Minister added.
The President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov making a report at meeting marked that «sportsmen from Bashkortostan Republic continue to gain a significant amount of champion, gold medals. Last year at the Paralympic Games 36 gold medals was won by Russia, 12 medals, exactly one third of them were accounted for the sportsmen from Bashkortostan Republic».
The head of the republic underlined that this year in particular, ice-hockey surdlympic team became the world champion, and more than half of the team were hockey players from Bashkortostan Republic. And total at Olympic Games of various levels our sportsmen have won 126 medals.
“We continue to build specialised sports objects, including “artificial ice” sports facility especially for a deaf asylum. Besides we build a channel for water slalom. It will probably be one of the first in the Russian Federation. Sportsmen-professionals, including sportsmen-invalids will be trained there. In rural settlements in one of regions we have constructed a centre for Paralympic sportsmen costing 150 million rbl.: there is a swimming pool, winter stadium and other facilities there. We have a good, interesting project — the centre for Paralympic sports. We have already invested there together with the Ministry of Sports about 400 million rbl., the so-called zero cycle is finished.”
The head of the region said that «the project’s total cost is 2,3 billion. 1,9 billion are necessary to put it into operation in December, 2014. This year we will be able to use 700-800 million more and next year to finish and commission it definitely. I ask Dmitry Anatolevich to help us in getting this modern, interesting sports centre. Besides, a research guidance centre on adaptive medicine will work as a part of this centre, and Bashkir State Institute of Physical Training and Health can be located in the same place. That is to create a kind of sports cluster».
Dmitry Medvedev thanked Rustem Khamitov for his essential report on the discussed subject and said that the republic’s request would be considered, and he would personally consider «what can be done in this relation».