The message reads, in part:
“Established 10 years ago, this prestigious award has become one of the main symbols of professional achievement in national sports. With its noble mission, it brings together remarkable coaches, organisers and journalists – everyone who is making a significant personal contribution to the popularisation of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle, and to the development of a modern, high-quality sport infrastructure. And of course, among the laureates are our outstanding athletes who represent Russia with honour at the most high-profile international competitions, showing unbending willpower and strength of character, and loyalty to the best traditions of their predecessors.
I am confident that the National Sports Award will be a radiant and inspiring incentive for this year’s winners to move forward, towards further accomplishments and new heights.”