The traditional festival of Paralympic sport "Parafest" held by the Russian Sports Federation of People with Physical Impairaments, the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, with the support of the Russian Paralympic Committee took place in the Paralympic House in 15-17 May.
Vladimir Lukin , President of Russian NPC said at the opening ceremony:
"On behalf of the Russian Paralympic Committee I would like to welcome you at the festival of Paralympic sport " Parafest. " Its annual staging has become a good tradition. I am very pleased that each year the number of "Parafest" participants increases noticeably. Of course, this is a clear indication that the sport among people with disabilities is becoming increasingly popular. Today you will face off a variety of sports competitions, will have a chance to show your skills and abilities, power and desire to overcome all difficulties and hardships. I am sure that the participation in "Parafest" will give all participants a lot of new emotions and unforgettable impressions, and it will be held in an atmosphere of friendly communication and fair play. I wish you all success and let the best man win! ".
The festival was opened by the chief of mission of the national team of Russia in the XV Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Chairman of the Board, First Vice-President of Russian NPC , Honored coach of Russia Pavel Rozhkov.
The competition was attended by more than 200 athletes with the physical impairments of the 17 regions of the Russian Federation.
There were competitions in powerlifting, boccia, arm wrestling, and checkers.