The message reads, in part:
“These competitions are highly popular. Kids from cities and towns all over our country dream of participating. This year, schoolchildren from the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics are also competing at the Orlyonok National Children’s Centre.
I want to note that you will now compete for the Presidential Cup. It is a new and respected status indicating the excellent organisation of the competitions and the high recognition of your achievements in sports. I am confident that your ambitions and dedication to the values of physical fitness and an active, healthy lifestyle will make a good start to your success in a chosen career. Many renowned athletes took their first steps towards their medals when they trained at school gyms and stadiums. And you will, of course, continue these victorious traditions, bringing home not only medals and cups but also wonderful and unforgettable memories of your stay in the hospitable Kuban.
I want to sincerely thank the coaches and mentors of the young athletes for their creative hard work, limitless faith in their trainees, and major contribution to their growth as citizens and personal development.”