The massage reads, in part:
“It is encouraging that the idea of holding our countries’ youth competition has met with such wide public support. And today, here in Ufa, the 2nd Russian-Chinese Youth Winter Games are opening.
Like at the previous games in Harbin, the two teams’ athletes are ready to show their fighting spirit, endurance and strong will, and give the many spectators the highlights of their triumphs and victories in an honest and graceful matchup.
I am confident that the competition will proceed in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding, offer the participants a great opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of the Republic of Bashkortostan as they experience the hospitality and cordiality of its residents.
The competitions will also become an important part of preparations for the XXIV Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in 2022.”