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Teams from 23 regions confirmed their participation in Alexander Popov's swimming Cup

11 ноября 2009 21:56

Almost three hundred sportsmen will take part in competitions on Alexander Popov's prizes which will start in three weeks. The pool «Yunost» will become their main place.

25 teams of 23 Russian regions will take part in competitions (Udmurtiya, Omsk, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area and other subjects) - 250-260 sportsmen and 40 coaches. These guests have confirmed their intention to arrive in Ekaterinburg in the beginning of December. Last year 218 sportsmen from 40 cities, 11 regions took part in the competitions.

The head of department on development of physical training, sports and tourism of the Administration of Ekaterinburg Lyudmila Fitina especially noticed at organizational committee session that this year All-Russian competitions on Alexander Popov's prizes were included into the official calendar of the All-Russian federation of swimming; the participants will be conferred rating points and sports grades.

The competitions will be carried out since December, 3rd till December, 6th in the Ekaterinburg pool «Yunost». The sports building will be able to receive suitably such considerable competitions - reconstruction of the object is almost finished. The geometry of the bowl of the pool was repaired, the tile and filters were replaced, and new lanes were installed. Even quality of water became better.

Competitions are intended to support youth. According to the specialists, adolescence is a period when potentially gifted children «are lost». It is time to make a choice, whether to continue sports career. Present competitions are qualified, following the results of the heats, young men and girls will be able to receive the grade of masters of sports. 5 referees of the international category and 9 referees of Russian category will empire the competition.

The All-Russian competitions on Alexander Popov's prizes will become real sports holiday for Ekaterinburg dwellers and their guests. There are also innovations. So, distance of 1.5 kilometer was excluded as the least entertaining. But relay races will be included into the program, popular VIP-heat will remain. However the plans of the organizers are not limited with it. The project «Olympians - to children» will expect young sportsmen. In the limits of this project meetings, autograph-sessions and the master classes with champions and legends of world sports will take place.

There are twice Olympic diving champion Dmitry Sautin, thrice-repeated cross-country skiing Olympic champions Elena Vyalbe and Olympic champion Evgenie Dementyev among invited «stars». Oleg Saitov and Alexander Lebzyak will also arrive in Ekaterinburg. They will give a master class on boxing.

The master class on Graeco-Roman wrestling will be especially interesting. It will be given by Alexander Karelin and Murat Kardanov in the limits of the All-Russian tournament on prizes of the soldiers-heroes of the Ural voluntary tank corps which is already held for the 22nd times. This master class will gather 1500 best fighters from the Ural Federal District, Siberia, Moscow, St.-Petersburg, and also Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Belarus, the Ukraine who were born in 1991-93.

15 referees of the international category will umpire the competition. According to the organizers, last master class caused increase in interest in Graeco-Roman wrestling, therefore current year at once a few centers of Graeco-Roman wrestling have opened.

The deputy of the Head of Ekaterinburg Michael Matveev noticed that carrying out of competitions on Alexander Popov's prizes in the Ural capital for the second time is successful evidence of their importance for the sports community and for the city as a whole. «The competition is quite able to become a visiting card of Ekaterinburg»,- the vice-mayor has underlined.

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