The President said, in particular, in his telegram:
“It was with profound sorrow that I learned of Anatoly Rakhlin’s passing. This is a great and irreplaceable loss for all of us.
He was a strong, determined, intelligent and kind man, loved and respected by his friends and colleagues, and of course by his students, for whom he was a genuine teacher and caring mentor in sport and in life.
Mr Rakhlin’s cherished memory will remain forever in our hearts.”