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22 April 2021

In the city of Ramenskoe (Moscow region), at the Borisoglebsky Sports Palace, the opening ceremony of the Parafest Traditional Paralympic Sports Festival, held by the All-Russian Federation of Sports for Persons with Physical Impairments, by the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation with the support of the Russian Paralympic Committee, took place.

The opening ceremony of the festival was attended by the deputy head of the department for preparation for the Paralympic Games of the RPC Staff, the champion of the Paralympic Games in CP Football Ivan Potekhin, a member of the Council of the All-Russian Federation of Sports for Persons with Physical Impairments, 2-time silver and bronze Paralympic medalist in swimming Dmitry Grigoriev, general director of "Saturn" Vladimir Dolgov, deputy general director of sports complex "Borisoglebsky" Vladimir Shuller, chief judge of the competition Valery Zhokhov.

During the opening ceremony, Ivan Potekhin announced the welcoming speech of the Chairperson of the Governing Board, the first vice-president of the RPC Pavel Rozhkov.


"Dear friends!

On behalf of the Russian Paralympic Committee and the All-Russian Federation of Sports for Persons with Physical Impairments, I would like to welcome the participants, guests and organizers of the traditional Parafest festival of Paralympic sports.

It is very pleasant that from year to year the number of participants of the Festival - young athletes "future champions" at this significant and, of course, necessary sports event, is increasing.

Almost all great athletes began their journey into the world of big sports by participating in sports days and festivals. Many of the winners and prize-winners of "Parafest" adequately represent their region at the Russian championships and All-Russian competitions, and, I hope, will adequately represent our country at the Paralympic Games, World and European Championships.

This year you have to determine the strongest in 4 sports - swimming, draughts, darts and badminton.

I would like to thank the managers and employees of the Borisoglebsky Sports Palace and the Saturn swimming pool, whose sports grounds will provide an excellent chance for young athletes to show themselves, feel the competitive spirit and believe in their strength.

We wish the participants of the competition sports excitement and brilliant victories, and the fans positive emotions and vivid impressions!"

The right to open the festival was given to the youngest participant of "Parafest-2021", an athlete of the team of the Arkhangelsk region, Mikhail Kopusov.

The festival will take place on April 22-23. More than 200 participants from 13 regions of the Russian Federation will take part in the competition.

Swimming competitions will be held at the Saturn swimming pool.

The Borisoglebsky Sports Palace will host drafts, draughts and badminton competitions.

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