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Natalia Komarova awarded Olympic athletes and discussed with Ugra residents the priorities for the development of physical culture and sports

14 august 2021

Department of Public and External Relations of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra informs:

The governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova held a live meeting with the residents of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. The topic of the meeting was "Ugra team: a strategy for the development of physical culture and sports".

The participants discussed the creation of sports infrastructure, support for citizens' initiatives to increase the availability of physical culture and sports, as well as the development of the Olympic and Paralympic movement in the region.

The meeting was moderated by Olga Petrikova, Match TV channel host, Rinar Rakhmanov, member of the Northerners KVN team, Ilya Grinenko, Thai boxing coach of the Ugra martial arts club, and Irina Makovey, fitness coach, organizer of fitness tours.

Among the participants, there were Tokyo Olympics winners from Ugra: gold medalists Maxim Khramtsov, Albert Batyrgaziev, Zaurbek Sidakov, bronze medalist Artur Naifonov, as well as participants of the Olympics Anna Timofeeva, Timur Naniev, and coaches Alexander Lashpanov, Ruslan Kushtanov, Viktor Rozhkov, Tatyana Petrova, Alan Naniev, Stepan Ganzey.

"During the Olympic Games, we all tried to be close to you despite the distance. We felt a real emotional involvement and were happy about your success. We felt part of your success – this was the general mood of the Ugra residents. You have received world recognition, thank you, dear Olympic athletes," Natalia Komarova addressed the athletes and coaches. "Now the municipalities are working on changes to the development strategy of our region, residents are forming a map of the development of Ugra. We work as a team. Ugra is the territory of sports, and it is not an easy task to match this. It is important that you are with us and will determine together with the residents of Ugra how to achieve our goals."

The head of the region emphasized that a sports school for basic sports has been formed in Nizhnevartovsk, and the victories at the 32th Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are proof of this.

During the meeting, the governor awarded the Ugra Olympic athletes and their coaches with certificates for receiving payments for their successful performance as part of the Russian Olympic Committee national team. The gold medalists will receive 4 million rubles, their coaches – 2 million rubles. The bronze medalists will receive 1.7 million rubles. Olympic Games participants will receive 200 thousand rubles each.

Anatoly Terekhov, President of the Russian Taekwondo Union, also joined the meeting online to congratulate the Ugra Olympic athletes. "We had no doubt that Maxim Khramtsov would win a gold medal. I congratulate all Ugra residents, I congratulate you, Natalia Vladimirovna, on this great victory and a brilliant performance!", he noted.

Vasily Filipenko, General Director of the Ugra Hockey Club, also congratulated the Ugra Olympic athletes on their well-deserved victories: "Thank you for the fantastic sports emotions! Millions of Russians supported you! In 2018, Nikita Gusev, ex-player of the Ugra ice hockey team, gave us the same emotions when he evened the score in the finals of the hockey Olympics against Germany. After that, the Russian national team became the Olympic champion."

"Thank you to the fans, thank you, Natalia Vladimirovna, for your support! You could not be there, but we felt and we knew that you were sincerely supporting us. Everything worked out for us at these Olympic Games thanks to all of you. We will try to improve our results next time," Maxim Khramtsov said.

Boxer Albert Batyrgaziev added that every victory is a joint victory. "We were ready for these victories. We managed to write our names in the history of world sports! I am glad that we could bring so many positive emotions to our fellow citizens. Ugra is power!", the athlete emphasized.

The Ugra Paralympians also joined the meeting. They will defend the honor of the region and the whole country as part of the Russian Olympic Committee team at the 16th Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo from August 24 to September 5. The national team consists of a judoka Olga Pozdnysheva and a swimmer Anastasia Gontar from Surgut, a track and field athlete from Khanty-Mansiysk Dmitry Dushkin, a representative of the Nizhnevartovsk district Olesya Baisarina, who will perform in athletics.

Three more athletes from Nizhnevartovsk were included in the reserve team: track and field athletes Evgeny Malykh and Sergey Makhov, a taekwondo athlete Vladimir Feofanov.

Now the Ugra athletes are in a training center in the Moscow region.

"We are going through the final stage of preparation for the Paralympic Games. On August 19, the athletes will fly to Tokyo," said Alexey Vorobyov, Dmitry Dushkin's coach, a seven-time world champion who set 27 world, European and Russian powerlifting records. "Dmitry Dushkin will perform on August 29, and Olesya Baisarina – on September 1. Thank you to all Ugra residents for your support! We do feel it! We will try to keep up with our Olympic athletes."

"Victory is prepared long before the games – during training, preparations. Try to enjoy your performance. The most difficult things are already over. We do not doubt your success," said Albert Batyrgaziev.

"You have already set quite high standards yourself with your previous performances. We will create all the conditions for your further success. We believe in you!", Natalia Komarova addressed the Paralympians.

In total, the Russian national team consists of 432 people, 242 of them are athletes. They will take part in 19 out of 22 sports included in the program of the Paralympic Games.

The meeting took place on the eve of the Day of the Physical Education Instructor which is celebrated in Russia on August 14. In this regard, Pavel Rozhkov, Acting President of the Russian Paralympic Committee, congratulated the Ugra residents on the upcoming holiday.

"I congratulate athletes, coaches, sports veterans, all supporters of an active and healthy lifestyle on the Day of the Physical Education Instructor! Sports activities are becoming the norm of life for many Ugra residents today. Sport gives health and strength, builds character, and teaches you to overcome difficulties. I am especially grateful to those for whom physical culture and sports have become a profession. Doing your job, you help build a healthy future for Ugra and the whole Russia," he said.

Pavel Rozhkov recalled that in 2021, the Center for Adaptive Sports of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug is celebrating its 15th anniversary. It is one of the leading sports organizations in the country, whose students have successfully represented the region at competitions of various levels.

"I wish the entire physical culture and sports community of Ugra good health, longevity and new, outstanding victories," Pavel Rozhkov addressed the residents of the region.

During the meeting, the participants discussed issues received from Ugra residents and related to sports.

In particular, Magomedsalim Rustamov, student of the boxing department of Nizhnevartovsk School of Olympic Reserve, asked about the possibility of building in his hometown a sports complex for the development of martial arts, like the Regional Sports Center in Khanty-Mansiysk.

"The city deserves more sports facilities. There is an idea to build a cultural and sports complex with sports and concert halls for 5 thousand spectators in Nizhnevartovsk. It is necessary to decide whether we build such a complex, or whether we make several centers like the one in Khanty-Mansiysk, solving the issue of the availability of sports facilities. We will definitely make a decision in 2021. In this regard, I instruct the director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug to cooperate with athletes and residents and work out a decision on the construction of a new sports complex or a number of facilities within 2 weeks. They should determine the type of the facilities in order to ensure their availability for children and adults in the municipality," Natalia Komarova stressed.

Khanty-Mansiysk residents used the feedback platform to ask the participants of the meeting a question concerning the reconstruction of the football pitch on Promyshlennaya street.

Maksim Ryashin, head of the city, emphasized that this object is owned by the dwellers. At the same time, the local authorities have settled this issue with the utility company, which ordered materials in June to repair the facility. Repair work began on August 12. They are under the control of the city administration.

Residents of the Gornopravdinsk municipal settlement of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug also joined the meeting. They told about the improvement of the Sport is Health roller ski track. The project is being implemented using the mechanisms of initiative budgeting. Thanks to participation in the regional competition of initiative projects, a ropes course is being created. The track has been improved within the framework of the project "Formation of a comfortable urban environment". The ropes course is an original solution for organizing healthy leisure activities for Gornopravdinsk residents. At the same time, the project provides two courses for different ages: for children from 6 to 9 years and for children from 10 years and older.

In 2020, 1545 organizations were involved in physical culture and sports development in Ugra. There are 25 testing centers of the Ready for Labor and Defense complex in the region.

6,698 people are involved in this work, 494 of whom carry out their activities in rural areas.

There are 64 accredited non-profit organizations that develop various sports on the territory of the Autonomous Okrug.

710,777 residents of Ugra are systematically engaged in physical activities and sports. In 2019, this number was smaller – 656,834 people. The share of those engaged in physical activities aged 3 to 79 years was 44.6% in 2019. In 2021, that percentage increased almost 3 percent. The number of disabled persons engaged in physical activities and sports amounts to 10,179 people. There are 5,836 people under the age of 18 in Ugra who are passionate about a healthy lifestyle.

216,618 Ugra residents are registered on the official website of the Ready for Labor and Defense all-Russian sports complex.

More than 64,000 people are part of the sports training system. 2,076 coaches are training athletes in different sports.

3,576 sports facilities function on the territory of the Autonomous Okrug, 542 facilities are located in rural settlements. 192 sports facilities provide conditions for individual mobility of disabled persons and the opportunity for their independent movement around the facility; 120 facilities provide support for people with vision and hearing impairment.

The video of the live meeting is available in the accounts of Ugra governor on Instagram, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, in the Ugra community in VKontakte social network.


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