The message reads, in part:
“Today, sport in Russia is on an upward swing. We successfully hold the most prestigious world competitions, create a comfortable and high-quality sports infrastructure, while aspiring to attract young people to an active and healthy lifestyle. I am therefore pleased to see that such mass sporting events have become a good tradition, an initiative that is in great demand and unites people from all over the country.
One such bright and memorable festival of physical culture, friendship and youth is of course, Russian Boxing Day, which has already gained the recognition and support of professionals, veterans and fans of this popular martial art.
I am certain that this year Boxing Day will be held on a high level, will attract a large number of participants, and will be remembered by people with joy. And, of course, it will serve as an important step in the preparation of our team for the main sporting event of 2020 – the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.”