The message reads, in part:
“I am glad that the initiative to hold the forum, put forth by the Russian Boxing Federation, commanded massive support, bringing together a large number of participants in Sochi, including the world’s best boxers, heads of leading Olympic and professional boxing organisations, coaches and mentors, and referees.
The Forum offers a wide-ranging and diverse programme, with seminars, workshops, round tables and presentations, as well as interesting cultural events and tours. Of course, there will be performances by acclaimed boxers, winners and medallists of the most prestigious competitions.
I strongly believe that this forum will be productive as well as constructive, and its outcome will enhance cooperation in sport and facilitate professional and people-to-people ties.”