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The Canadian national team athletes saw the sights of Khanty-Mansiysk

On April 6th the Paralympic team of Canada visited the most interesting places of Khanty-Mansiysk.

The Canadians started with the Man and Nature Museum.

Museum staff welcomed the guests. The excursion started from the “Historical time” hall, where they got to know about the history of Ugra.

“It was very interesting and very informative. – shared his impressions Brian McKeever. – We learnt a lot about the region and about the people that lived here”.

Items of everyday life and of shamans’ rites of indigenous peoples of the North, front-line “triangle letters”, reconstructed skeletons of ancient animals – this is only a little part of what the athletes saw.

Guests were pleasantly surprised with the museum preparation for meeting the visitors with disabilities: there was an audio tactile system for visually impaired. The athletes got the opportunity to touch some everyday items of Ugric peoples, so they could picture the Khanty and Mansi’s life. Moreover, the athletes could move freely through the halls without having the drive around. Afterwards they thanked the museum staff for an interesting excursion and continued their sightseeing tour.

Then the Canadian Paralympic athletes visited the Center of Folk Arts and Crafts. The guests had a great time choosing the handmade souvenirs for their families and friends. At the end of the excursion the guests visited the Archeopark, where they saw the sculptures of ancient animals of Ugra.

In spite of the weather conditions, the athletes spent time with pleasure visiting the park, taking pictures, getting plenty of positive emotions.

“Khanty-Mansiysk is a very modern city. It turned to be bigger than I thought it would be, there are many beautiful buildings and arts and sports facilities. It is great!” – pointed out the guests.

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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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