The message reads, in part:
“Boxing has every right to be viewed as one of the world’s most prominent and vibrant combat sports. It has always been very popular in Russia. Russian boxers always compete in the most prestigious international bouts, confirming the prowess of the Russian school of boxing with their victories and title belts. This is a spectacular sport where athletes not only have to demonstrate superb physical fitness, but also must master their will and show perseverance. They must also develop a high level of self-discipline and respect for their opponent. All these qualities are very much relevant for everyday life and can help an individual forge a strong character, which will allow him to overcome life’s challenges.
I strongly believe that large-scale sports festivals like the Russian Boxing Day have great unifying potential, which is very important. They help promote physical fitness and the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.”