The message reads, in part:
“Please accept my heartfelt greetings on the opening of the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships.
In the next few days, this event in our northern capital will rally both renowned and celebrated athletes and young people from around the world and will become a true festival of sports for the numerous visitors and fans.
I would like to note that in the past few years St Petersburg has become a large and respected centre of international sports. It has accumulated vast experience of preparing and hosting top league tournaments.
Therefore, the upcoming championships will be held in the best manner possible and will help promote trampoline gymnastics, a dynamic and spectacular sport.”