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16 October, Saturday

Ufa   °

Radiy Khabirov to Paralympians: You are our pride and model for everyone

Sport

Yesterday in Ufa, the Head of Bashkortostan, Radiy Khabirov, met with the winners and prize-winners of the 16th Paralympic Summer Games, who represented the republic in Tokyo. At the beginning of the meeting, he congratulated the athletes on bright, impressive victories.

The Head of the Region noted that Bashkortostan was one of the leading regions in the country for the development of Paralympic sports, with many measures taken to make it accessible and attractive. The main role in this work is played by the sports adaptive school of the Paralympic reserve, the Rima Batalova Sports Training Center, and the regional branches of sports federations.

Two-time Paralympic champions Andrei Nikolaev and Bogdan Mozgovoy thanked the Head of the Republic and residents of Bashkortostan for their support.

At the meeting, the athletes expressed their wishes for the construction of an athletics arena in Ufa, the support of coaches, sports doctors, and massage therapists.

Radiy Khabirov instructed the Minister of Sports to collect all these proposals for study so that later, on their basis, to approve a program to support adaptive sports.

The Head of Bashkortostan presented state awards of the republic to athletes and coaches. They, in turn, presented the head of the region with souvenirs — symbols of the XVI Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo.

The Russian Paralympic delegation included 14 representatives of Bashkortostan (athletics for the sport of the blind, table tennis for persons with intellectual disabilities, table tennis for persons with mobility disabilities, swimming sports for the blind).

According to the results of the Paralympic Games, the athletes of Bashkortostan won 12 medals — 5 gold, 3 silver, and 4 bronze medals.

For each medal, the republic will pay athletes financial incentives in the amount of 2 million rubles for a gold medal, 1.5 million rubles for silver, 1 million rubles for bronze.

Their trainers will receive half of this amount.

Also, payments will be received by athletes who took from 4th to 8th place for 200 thousand rubles. Trainers — 50% of this amount. Our athletes have 7 such achievements.

In the medal standings of the Paralympics in Tokyo, Russia is in fourth place. The team won 118 sets of medals, including 36 gold, 33 silver, and 49 bronze.

There are 605 sports organizations for people with disabilities in the republic.

The following types of Paralympic sports are cultivated: athletics, swimming, judo, powerlifting, table tennis, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair fencing, archery, badminton, orienteering, biathlon, cross-country skiing.

Over the past six years, the number of people with disabilities who are systematically involved in physical culture and sports has increased by more than 2.8 times — from 12 400 people in 2014 to 42 000 people by 2021, which is 23.9% of the total number of people with disabilities, taking into account having contraindications for physical education and sports.

/translated by Tatiana Aksyutina
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