The telegram reads, in part:
“I am happy to welcome you to Sochi, the host city of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.
Gathered here today is a large, friendly group of like-minded people and true leaders: politicians and representatives from reputable international organisations, business circles and public associations, the elite of world sport.
We are proud that such a respectable forum is being held in our nation. Russia will soon be hosting several key international sports events, including the Summer Universiade in 2013, the World Ice Hockey Championships in 2016, the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and, of course, the XXII Olympic Winter Games. We will certainly hold all these events at the highest level possible, taking into account other nations’ experience in organising major prestigious competitions and their wonderful sports traditions. In this regard, we count on your knowledge, advice and recommendations.
We are all united by an understanding of the enormous social and cultural significance of sports and the Olympic movement for the modern world. We know how important it is to engage young people in sports culture and teach them the value of a healthy lifestyle. The stable future of every nation and all of civilisation depends on the young generation and its harmonious development.
I am certain that this forum will live up to its high level of prestige, making a significant input into strengthening international cooperation in sports and promoting the noble Olympic ideals.”