The message reads, in part:
“Your tournament is traditionally held on the birthday of this outstanding coach and mentor and gathers at the Yubileiny Sports Palace a big tight-knit team of young martial arts fighters and Judo fans from different regions of our huge country.
Many years ago, as a 12-year old youngster, I was making my first steps in Judo under Anatoly Rakhlin’s guidance. He was strict with us in the gym and demanded full commitment, however, after the training sessions he watched over us and cared about everyone just like a father. It was Anatoly Rakhlin who largely taught us to believe in ourselves, our abilities, and to make the right decisions, come what may.
I want to stress that such mass sports events as your tournament engage the youth in the values of a healthy and active lifestyle, temper their character and bring out the best human qualities and also contribute to preserving Anatoly Rakhlin’s ample mentoring and creative legacy.”