IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country SkiingWorld Championships 2011

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Opening ceremony of the World Championships 2011

About 4 thousand guests and spectators, coaches and athletes from 13 countries visited the solemn Opening Ceremony in ice palace «Arena-Ugra».

 

The celebration of sport started with lazer show and theatrical performance. Natalya Komarova, the Ugra governor, Pavel Kolobkov, Deputy Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy in Russia, and Rob Walsh, Representative of the International Paralympic Committee, welcomed the athletes and the spectators.

In her words of welcome Natalya Komarova wished good luck to all the participants. «On behalf of all the Ugra citizens I greet the strongest National teams on anniversary, 10th IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships. This is the first time when Russia hosts suchlike event, and we’re endlessly glad that Khanty-Mansiysk is honored to host the Championships. We worked hard to create the best conditions for participating in the competitions, having good time and getting acquainted with original culture and traditions of the Ugra peoples. There’s a saying: «Strength grows in the garden of patience». Sport biography of each of you is the bright proof of these words. Every time you start the competition there is a hope, it is an example of how one should believe in oneself and it is a proof of the fact that human abilities are infinite. And lastly a wish from Ugra – let our hills bring you good luck, bright impressions and victories. Welcome to Ugra!»,  – said the governor to the participants.

«More often Russian athletes become Europe champions, World champions and Paralympic games champions. They show the example of barriers and life troubles overcoming.  Such token event in Russia will favour the development of International sport relationships, Paralympic kinds of sports on the territory of our country and in the world, involvement of people with physical disabilities to doing sport, preparation of Russian National Paralympic team reserve», – read Pavel Kolobkov from the letter of greeting of Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of Russian Federation.

According to Rob Walsh the tournament will become the highest point of the 2011 season. «This is a special event for Russia, which will host the Paralympic games in 2014. We think that the World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk is an important step on the way for Sochi. I would like to thank everybody, who took part in the tournament organization and created such good conditions for the participants», – he noted.

We would remind you that Ugra’s services in Paralympic movement development are appreciated on the federal and world levels. In the end of 2010 Khanty-Mansy Autonomous Okrug was called the most dynamically developing region of Russia in Paralympic sports and it was also awarded the prize of Fond of Paralympic sports support «Parasport».

The Opening Ceremony of IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships was finished with the solemn flag-raising of IPC. The right to do this was given to the Russian National team captain Irek Zaripov, who is the fourfold champion of the Paralympic games in Vancouver. The competition participants solemnly swore to compete fairly, and the referees – to impartially score the athletes’ performance.  The competition will begin in the Winter Sports Center tomorrow.

Team standings
     
1 Russia 20 13 15 48
2 Ukraine 8 9 6 23
3 Norway 1 5 3 9
4 Canada 5 2 7
4 Poland 1 5 1 7
6 Germany 2 4 6
6 Belarus 1 2 2 5
8 Finland 4 4
8 Italy 2 1 3
10 France 1 1
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