The message reads, in part:
“It is pleasing that this year such a significant and large-scale event is being held in our country, where winter sports have always been particularly popular. Today, Ufa warmly welcomes the competition finalists, the most powerful, persistent and driven young athletes from various cities in Russia and many foreign states.
I am confident that you are prepared for the serious trials ahead and will demonstrate everything you are capable of: mastery and will power, composure and team spirit, bringing joy to viewers through your fair, gracious and uncompromising competition. Naturally, many fans will be intently watching the Russian participants. I believe that playing on your home turf and having the friendly support of your fans will help you reach success.”
The VI International Children’s Winter Games are being held in Ufa, the capital of Bashkiria.