The message reads, in part:
“It is gratifying to see experienced mentors, coaches and organisers alongside the outstanding, talented athletes among the nominees for this high award. Indeed, thanks to intense, hard work and commitment to their profession, Russian wrestlers perform impressively at the most prestigious international competitions, demonstrating excellent preparation with a focus on the results.
I sincerely congratulate the winners and wish them successes in the arena and in their serious, demanding work to develop the national martial arts school and promote its victorious traditions.”
In 2017, Russian martial artists won 108 gold, 54 silver and 47 bronze medals at world and European championships.