On September 1, the Day of Knowledge, children from the only sports boarding school in the center of the Siberian Federal District joined the sports and educational project of the Russian Olympic Committee.
Students started their school year in Novosibirsk together with famous Rssian athletes – ROC President, four-time Olympic champion in Sabre Fencing Stanislav Pozdnyakov, three-time Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Alexander Karelin, Olympic champion in Artistic Gymnastics of 1996 Evgeny Podgorny and the Olympic champion in basketball of 1992 Irina Minkh.
Famous athletes became honored guests of the school assembly and congratulated the children on the beginning of the school year. After the First Bell rang and the was played the Olympic Patrol started.
A few classes tested themselves in the My Olympus programme. They did push-UPS, jumped in length, jumped on the rope. They were watched by Swimmer Sergey Geibel, Sambo athlete Rimma Tropina, world champion in Bodyfitness Daria Manuilenkova, world champion in Sports Aerobics Kirill Kulikov, Greco-Roman wrestler Mark Bemalen, Track and Field athlete Alla Kulyatina. The honored guests also visited the testing event. They presented a basket-ball, signed by each of the athletes. And then Olympic athletes hit the basket, using the classic combinatioin, supported by the storm of applause.
After that Olympians visited the first graders in order to congratulate the kids on the Knowledge Day and went to the special Olympic Lesson to the senior students.
Before introducing the Olympic Movement and its main values to the participants of the project Stanislav Pozdnyakov greeted them and stressed the importance of such meetings.
“I am happy that today there are famous athletes here, who promote and support Olympic values and their example shows how we should live in sports. Today’s meeting is a sort of a bridge between different generations of athletes, the winners of the last and the present centuries,” the President of the ROC said.
Then they got acquainted with the history of the Olympic Games and the main values of the international sports movement. The champions had something to say about all values, since each of them proved its importance with his career. Thus Alexander Karelin reminded the children that first of all they needed to learn to respect their coaches.
“Respect for your coach, his work, and even more, respect for your parents. Only after experiencing these two very difficult feelings, you will be able to become a real Olympic athlete and enlist self-respect.”
Yevgeny Podgorny told the kids what the real desire for perfection is, thanks to which athletes manage not to give up before difficulties.
“In Siberia we have frosts, and as it was said, I studied at this school and trained elsewhere. When it was minus 30 degrees they cancelled the lessons, but we went to train at once.”
The guests had something to tell about friendship, since most of them competed in team sports. Thus Irina Minkh, who won the Basketball gold at the 1992 Games in Barcelona together with her friends from the team, stressed that the bronze medal of the previous Seoul Olympic Games, helped them to get together and four years later they won the final.
“There are such words in one famous song: ‘Firm friendship will not break, your friend will not leave you in trouble, he will not ask for more.’ This applies not only to sports. In any team, in a group of students, among classmates high goals are set, and if you do not find understanding among colleagues, it will not work.”
Recalling the role of fair play in his career, Stanislav Pozdnyakov stressed:
“I am sure that since childhood coaches teach all athletes one simple truth: one should win only honestly. Any injustice will eventually torment those who committed it.”
After the lecture about the Olympic values kids could ask the guets questions and make commemorative pictures.
Sharing her impression about this new experience Irina Minkh admitted that she was very comfortable in the role of the Olympic Patrol project ambassador:
“We promote healthy lifestyle to make children practice sports get along with it.”
Alexander Karelin spoke in favor of such events.
“Now we are not ambassadors, but patrolmen. We will partol and prove with our experience, that it is very interesting to practice sports,” the famous wrestler said.
The Olympic Patrol project is a part of the Olympic Country program, conducted by the ROC to promote of mass sports development.
Olympic Patrol is the all-Russian sports and educational project of the Russian Olympic Committee.
The project was launched in July 2014 at the largest children’s centers of Russia, including Orlenok, Smena in Krasnodar Region; Artek in the Crimea, as well as on the basis of 6 large camps of the Moscow and Leningrad Regions and the all-Russian sports and health children’s center in Sochi.
In September 2014, the Olympic Patrol was launched in Russian schools and by May 2015 45,000 new participants from 60 schools of 24 Russian regions joined it.
More than 19,000 children and juniors aged 8 to 16 took part in the summer campaign of 2015, held at Ocean, Orlyonok and Artek children’s centers.
In October 2015 the project was attended by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Olympic fencing champion Thomas Bach.
More than 5,000 new participants took part in the summer campaign of 2016. From September to December 2016, the project covered more than 10 cities and 13,000 participants joined it.
In summer 2017, the project came to the all-Russian children’s center Smena (Anapa) and the international children’s center Artek (Crimea). More than 5,000 children and juniors took part in its events.
Also in 2017-2018, the ROC held the Olympic Lesson and football matches within the framework of the international children’s social program of the Gazprom company called Football for Friendship. Football for Friendship is an international children’s social program, launched in 2013. It includes a number of sports and educational events held in different countries of the world to promote tolerance, respect for other cultures and nationalities, friendship between children from different countries, human values, youth sports and a healthy lifestyle and develop children’s football.
Thus, in the period from 2014 to 2018, the project was attended by more than 150,000 people and about 200 famous Olympic, European and World Champions. Among them were:
- Anastasia Davydova, five-time Olympic champion in Synchronized Swimming;
- Victor An, six-time Olympic Short Track champion;
- Alexey Nemov, four-time Olympic champion in Gymnastics;
- Nikolai Zimyatov, four-time Olympic champion in Cross-Country Skiing;
- Vladislav Tretiak, three-time Olympic champion in Ice Hockey;
- Svetlana Romashina, five-time Olympic champion in Synchronized Swimming;
- Natalia Ishchenko, five-time Olympic champion in Synchronized Swimming;
- Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Soloviev, Olympic Figure Skating Champions;
- Irina Rodnina, three-time Olympic champion in Figure Skating;
- Alexander Karelin, three-time Olympic champion in Greco-Roman Wrestling;
- Maria Kiseleva, three-time Olympic champion in Synchronized Swimming;
- Elena Zamolodchikova, two-time Olympic champion in Gymnastics;
- Alexander Lesun, Olympic champion in Modern Pentathlon;
- Sofia Velikaya, Olympic champion in Fencing;
- Alla Shishkina, two-time Olympic champion in Synchronized Swimming
and many others.
Russian Olympic Committee (ROC)
As an organization, heading the Olympic movement in Russia, the ROC represents the RF at the international arena, in the relationship with the IOC, international sports federations and national Olympic committees of different countries. Within its international activities, the ROC is holding major Olympic official events, such as the General Assembly of the EOC (November, 2011, Sochi), the General Assembly of the NOCs (April, 2012, Moscow), the first World Forum of Olympians and the Session of the General Assembly of the All-Russian Olympians’ Association (October, 2015, Moscow).
The Russian Olympic Committee regularly provides funding to the all-Russian sports federations, including participation of athletes in various competitions, their travel, accommodation and food, purchase of sports equipment, foreign and Russian coaches and specialists, treatment and adaptation for candidates for the Russian Olympic team (more than 2,500 athletes in total).
In accordance with the state policy of the Russian Federation in the field of physical culture and sports and the IOC Charter, the Russian Olympic Committee annually implements a number of national projects and programs related to the development of mass, youth and amateur sports, which involve huge amount of people across the country. The total number of participants of the all-Russian Olympic Day in 2015 amounted to about 2.4 million people, Winter Sports Day attracted more than 1 million participants. Traditional projects of the ROC Olympic Patrol and Olympic Changes United hundreds of thousands of children and adults in different regions of the country, more than 150 Olympic champions and prize-winners took part in these events.