The message reads, in part:
“Today, the National Sports Award will be presented to talented athletes who won prestigious international competitions, their coaches, tutors, specialists, media representatives, sponsors and philanthropists. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the winners of this high and well-deserved award.
I firmly believe that such large-scale festive events are very important. They offer an excellent opportunity to express sincere and deep appreciation to those who contribute their efforts and energy to the development of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, promotion of values of fitness and active and healthy lifestyle, those who inspire others to conquer new summits and are a role model for young people. On my part I will stress that the state will continue to create comfortable and favourable conditions for training future champions and record holders, constantly focus on improving sports infrastructure, and, of course, keep supporting athletes and upholding their rights and interests.”