The message reads, in part:
“For the first time ever, the Republic of Dagestan, which is rightly renowned for its rich history and culture, the hospitality of its people and its unique school of martial arts, is hosting an international competition of this calibre.
I am pleased to note that Russia pays great attention to the development of wrestling. We are by right proud of our wrestlers’ outstanding achievements and contributions to the promotion of this spectacular sport. We are confident that this championship will be held at the highest level.
I want to express special gratitude to Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling, and to this international organisation for their openness, cooperation and support of the principle that sports and politics should not mix. Today, as ever, sports should bring people together and inspire them to new endeavours.”