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4 декабря 2009 21:31
The ceremony of solemn opening of all-Russian swimming competition for prizes of Alexander Popov, which is considered to be one of the main sports events of the year, has been held today, on December, 4th, in the Ekaterinburg swimming pool «Yunost».
As Alexander Popov said, it had been easier to carry out the second competition in Ekaterinburg than the first one. Let's remind that the first Popov Cup was held in Ekaterinburg one year ago. Alexander Popov added that the second competition would have its own «zest». So, today in the latter half of a day informal communication of pupils of youth sports schools with Olympic champions is planned. «Сhildren are to see that the Olympic champions are common people who surround them», - Alexander Popov noted.
Teams from 23 subjects and 55 Russian cities, as well as the junior national team of Kazakhstan arrived to take part in the competition. Olympic champions Alexander Karelin, Murat Kardanov, Michael Mamiashvili, Alexei Nemov, Alexander Tuchkin, Igor Lavrov, Zinaida Amosova, Evgeny Dementyev, Sergey Chepikov, Oleg Saitov, Alexander Lebzyak and others will also visit the competition.
Heats of sportsmen will proceed during three days since December, 4th till December, 6th. On Saturday swimmers start at 11 a.m., and on Sunday - since 10:00 p.m. The closing ceremony of the competition will be held on December, 6th since 12:30 p.m. till 1:00 p.m.
Let's remind that having analyzed the experience of last year's starts for the prizes of Alexander Popov, organizers of the competition, one of which was the Administration of Ekaterinburg did a lot of preparatory work. They managed to gather at «Popov Cup-2009» not only more participants and to expand the geography of the competition, but also to give it the rank of All-Russian. Thus, this year Popov Cup was included into official sports calendar of Russian swimming federation and the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Russia. It means that now, under the certain norms for various distances many participants of heats of this competition have an opportunity to receive the status of master of sports of Russia. Swift water of «Yunost» will help them.
This year receiving part represented by the leaders of the pool and the Administration of Ekaterinburg carried out much work on modernization of this swimming pool to support high status and level of the competition. In particular, new water treatment system which ensures the quality of water necessary for competitions of such level was installed. In addition, it was possible to redecorate the bowl of the pool, and its skirting was tiled anew.
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