The message reads, in part:
“Your tournament holds a worthy place in the calendar of sporting events which the St Petersburg International Economic Forum is rightfully known for. They make a significant contribution to promoting the ideas and values of judo and are invariably distinguished by intense rivalry and entertainment.
This tournament brought together on the tatami representatives of the most titled clubs in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. I am sure that, when defending the sporting honour of their countries, they will show strong character and will, fortitude and skill, and give the fans unforgettable moments of joy and triumph!”