congratulated amateur and professional athletes and all sports and fitness
professionals on Sports and Fitness Day.
reads, in part:
celebrated in Russia, this wonderful holiday brings together a great number of people, from athletes and coaches to sports and fitness professionals, and all
those who enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.
Promotion of mass sports is a key goal and priority for Russia. We will continue to focus on modernising sports infrastructure, training highly skilled specialists, mentors
and teachers. It is important to make sure that each person, regardless of age
or profession, can practice his or her favourite sport, because sport builds
character and strengthens will, teaches one to overcome obstacles and persevere
in achieving goals. What is more, it is the sports and fitness movement and school training clubs that served as the initial stepping stone for many of our
celebrated athletes and record holders on their way to the top.”