The message reads, in part:
“Today, the Rossiya Central Concert Hall will host a large traditional event highlighting the winners of the most significant sports competitions that took place this year.
These include the XXVIII Winter Universiade in Almaty, the XXIX Summer Universiade in Taipei and other major international and national sporting events.
In this festive atmosphere we, of course, recognize and express our sincere gratitude to the coaches and teachers as well as representatives of public organisations and related ministries and agencies – everyone who made essential contributions to developing student sport in Russia.
Let me note that student sport is a main priority in the state youth policy and is considered an important part of grooming new athletes for our national teams.
Thus, it is good to see that Russian athletes have been demonstrating such high levels of skill, willpower and true team spirit for so many years.
I am certain that impressive victories, great achievements and new records await you in the future.”