A meeting of the Presidential Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport was held in Moscow

Today, a meeting of the Presidential Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport chaired by Vladimir Putin was held at the Anastasia Davydova Olympic Centre for Synchronised Swimming. The main focus was on national goals and strategic objectives in regard to the development of sports in the country up until 2024 and beyond.

Participants also discussed creating conditions for involving all categories and groups of the population in regular physical training and sports, modernising sports facilities, improving the training of athletic reserves and increasing the competitiveness of Russian sport.

The meeting was attended by ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, First Vice-President of ROC Igor Levitin, ROC Secretary General, five-time Olympic champion Anastasia Davydova, President of the International Fencing Federation Alisher Usmanov, President of the International Sport Shooting Federation Vladimir Lisin, Honorary President of ROC, IOC honorary member Vitaly Smirnov, IOC member Shamil Tarpishchev, two-time Olympic champion, IOC member Elena Isinbayeva, chairperson of the ROC Athletes Commission, Olympic champion Sofya Velikaya, as well as the heads of the All-Russian sports federations, leading coaches and experts in the field of sport.

Stanislav Pozdnyakov noted that the Russian Olympic Committee, being the leading public organisation in domestic and international sports activities, plays an important role in the development of physical fitness and sport.

– ROC is participating in the implementation of the federal programme ″Sport is the Norm of Life″ and additionally we are implementing the unique Olympic Country Programme.

As of now, this programme has involved about 3.5 million people. To better understand the dynamics, I will cite the following figures: in 2010 the All-Russian Olympic Day had 537,000 participants from 61 regions, whereas in 2018 the same event had around 3 million participants from 82 regions.

We expect that by 2022 the number of participants in physical fitness activities of ROC’s Olympic Country programme will have exceeded 18 million people.

The task set by the country’s leadership – to increase the number of citizens regularly engaged in physical fitness activities and sports up to 55% by 2024 – requires coordinated work and mutual support from all the participants of the process. The Russian Olympic Committee is ready to fulfill these obligations.

The main advantage of ROC is that our activity is based on the universal values ​​of Olympism. At the same time, it is also focused on solving problems of state importance, simultaneously complementing the goals of the organisation’s activities set forth in ROC’s Charter. It is important to note that ROC also has the ability to select and implement internationally recognised practices in this area.

One of the international events promoting an active lifestyle could be the World Sport for All Games. The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA) has already come forward with a proposal to hold the games in Russia.

Moreover, Honorary President of ROC, Honorary Member of IOC, Vitaly Smirnov proposed to organise festive events next year to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow.

Vladimir Putin supported this idea by issuing the relevant order to the Ministry of Sport and the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin.

Earlier in the Hockey Hall of Fame, a ceremony honouring the winners of the XXIX World Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk was held in the Park of Legends sports and entertainment quarter in Moscow.

– Within three years, the Olympic Winter Games will be held in Beijing. I hope that some of you will join the Russian Olympic team. Train hard, responsibly, and remember that you are setting an example for the next generation of athletes, – Stanislav Pozdnyakov said in his speech to the Universiade winners.

– Russian sport is very much in need of young talents who will replace well-known athletes. Some of them will personally congratulate you today on your excellent performance at the Universiade, – added Igor Levitin.

The solemn ceremony was attended by the president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretyak, the head of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Oleg Matytsin and the president of the Hockey Legends Club, two-time Olympic champion Alexander Yakushev.