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Sport

More than 50 types of sport are developing in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra. The main ones are: cross-country skiing, biathlon, athletics, snowboarding, ice-hockey, sledge-hockey, water polo, chess and mini football.

Ugra is widely known as the host of major international and Russian national sports events. Annual sports events agenda of the Okrug covers about 400 events of regional, national and international scale. The most significant of them include: FIDE Candidates Tournament, FIDE Women's Grand Prix; open ski racing championship "UGRA-LOPPET"; Women's World Rapid and Blitz Championships; International A.E. Karpov Chess Tournament; F. Salmanov's Oil Producing Countries Boxing Cup; International oblas (hollowed log boat) rowing competition – the Governor of Ugra Cup, International SCI*** tournament; World Billiards Championships "Free pyramid".

In the first half of 2014 Ugra athletes have won 1,486 medals including 541 gold ones in various national and international competitions. The Okrug hosted 29 national and 5 international competitions.

The XXII Winter Olympics and the XI Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi saw a triumph of Ugra athletes including two gold (Alexander Legkov - ski races, Alexei Volkov - biathlon) and three silver medals (Alexander Legkov - ski races, Ekaterina Shumilova - biathlon, sledge hockey team including Konstantin Shikhov, Vladimir Litvinenko, Vasily Varlakov, and Nikolai Terentjev).

Seven of the Ugra athletes received government awards: Alexei Volkov and Alexander Legkov - Order of Friendship, Ekaterina Shumilova - a first-class medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland, a fourth-class medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland was awarded to Konstantin Shikhov, Vladimir Litvinenko, Vasily Varlakov, and Nikolai Terentjev.

25 coaches, instructor athletes and staff of the regional sports institutions were awarded regional awards.

In view of significant achievements of the Ugra athletes, as well as the high quality of organization of international competitions in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, Ugra was awarded a right to host the XVIII Winter Deaflympics 2015 which took place in Khanty-Mansiysk in March - April 2015.

The Okrug pays a significant attention to disability sports. The Adaptive Sports Center is focusing its work on this category of people.

In additions the Okrug actively promotes traditional sports of the indigenous peoples of the North. These include northern combined events, reindeer and oblas races, hunters' biathlon, and ethnic wrestling. About one thousand Khanty and Mansi are involved in these types of sport and are successfully competing in the Russian and International tournaments.

Over 2013 and the 1st half of 2014 230 athletes completed tests for the "Master of Sport Russia" title, 13 athletes received title "Master of Sport Russia - international class", and 11 athletes - an honorary title "Merited Master of Sport", 4 coaches were awarded an honorary title "Merited Coach Russia".

Ugra athletes practice base consists of 55 children's sports schools, the Practice Center of the Regional Ugra Teams, the Ugra College - Boarding School of Olympic Reserve. 5,500 coaches work with the athletes.

The athletes performance in the Russian national and international competitions, Olympic, Neo-Olympic, Paralympic Games and Deaflympics, as well as the kinds of sports included in the agenda of the Special Olympics World Games is recognized by the government in the form of grants and lump sum bonus payments to athletes and their coaches, as well as physical training and sports specialists.