The message reads, in part:
“Your respected public organization does a lot for this dynamic and spectacular sport to remain among the most popular in the country, for the Russian school of Judo to confidently continue its glorious traditions, which developed through the achievements and successes of our brilliant and talented athletes at the Olympics, and world and European championships.
I particularly note the Judo Federation’s record in creating conditions for the systematic and stable development of judo. I am referring to designing and applying the best techniques and practices, improving training infrastructure, preparing and holding national and international championships, implementing programmes to engage young people and entire families in sport. Such substantive and significant activities are a meaningful contribution to achieving the national goal of increasing the quality of life and longer life expectancy rates. And, of course, it is crucial that interest in the martial arts, with its unique history and philosophy, is growing, largely thanks to the federation’s efforts. This is gratifying, since judo strengthens one’s personality, cultivates restraint and will, and teaches quick decision-making and respect for rivals.”