The message reads, in part:
“This competition has long since established itself as a vivid and important event in the children’s and youth sports calendar and a real festival for participants. It is a pleasure to see that every year, the event draws ever more participants from around the country, getting them to lead a healthy lifestyle and develop an active civic position, promoting a responsible approach to one’s work and the striving to achieve higher educational and cultural levels. In other words, this competition supports the Olympic movement’s basic values and contributes to harmonious personal development.
You can be justifiably proud in successfully getting through the selection rounds, making it to the finals of this prestigious competition and taking your place among other talented and driven young people who will be worthy rivals in the fight for the best team title.
I am sure that the President’s Competition will leave you with recollections of thrilling sporting moments and interesting meetings and an educational programme.”
The national finals of the President’s Competition are taking place on September 4–24 at the Smena National Children’s Centre in Anapa on the Black Sea coast.