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17 Moscow athletes in nine sports became winners and prize-winners of the Paralympic Games in individual and team events.

Sergei Sobyanincongratulated Moscow athletes – members of the Russian Paralympic Committee team on their victories at the XVI Summer Paralympic Games. They took place in Tokyo (Japan) from August 24 to September 5. Almost 4.5 thousand athletes from 170 countries took part in the Games.

“You have proved once again that you are people with unlimited opportunities – talent, hard work, willpower, desire to win. Of course, your coaches, relatives, relatives, friends, acquaintances watched your performances with great excitement and attention. But you, of course, were watched by millions of people all over the planet. And of course, Muscovites, who were worried about you, ”said the Moscow Mayor.

Competitions were held in 22 sports. A record number of sets of medals was played – 539. For the first time, badminton and taekwondo were included in the Paralympics program. At the same time, seven-by-seven football and sailing were removed from the program.

The winners and prize-winners of the Games were awarded 1,668 medals: 539 gold, 540 silver and 558 bronze.

The Russian Paralympic Committee was represented by 243 athletes, including 46 Muscovites (19 percent of the total Russian team). According to the results of the competition, the national team took fourth place in the unofficial team competition, having won a total of 118 medals: 36 gold, 33 silver and 49 bronze.

Moscow athletes made a great contribution to the successful performance of the national team – they have 23 medals (19.5 percent of the total number of Russian medals): four gold, eight silver and 11 bronze.

“Thank you very much, thank you to your coaches, thank you to those who all these years together with you and helped to achieve such brilliant success, which, of course, became the pinnacle of your skill. I hope that these are not your last victories and that you will still participate in many competitions and please us with your successes, ”Sergei Sobyanin said.

Behind the high results of the capital’s Paralympians is the great and systematic work of many people, noted Dmitry Guberniev, TV presenter and sports journalist.

“How nice it is for us to live in a city where a lot of work is really being done to create a barrier-free environment, to develop sports, physical culture, including physical culture for those who find it so difficult,” he stressed.

Darya Pikalova, Honored Master of Sports in Swimming, said about the attention paid to the development of sports and the necessary infrastructure in the city.

“In every park, in every courtyard, there are sports grounds, treadmills, bike paths where people can go in for sports. And they go in for sports. And it’s worth noting that it’s completely free. Great sports facilities have been built. This is the Luzhniki sports complex, where I am now engaged, Aquatoria ZIL, which can host international competitions, ”the athlete noted.

Silver medalist of the Paralympics in athletics Alexandra Moguchaya also thanked the city administration for the help it renders to the athletes.

“I want to say thank you for the support that the Moscow City Sports Department gives us. And special thanks to our sports school “Vorobyovy Gory”. Because for us, this period was not entirely easy. For nine years we have been waiting for this big and such an important event, and finally it happened. And I am sure that behind each medal there is a difficult story of an athlete and a coach, ”said Oleksandra Moguchaya.

At the previous Games with the participation of Russian Paralympic athletes in London in 2012, Moscow athletes won 20 awards, including seven gold, six silver and seven bronze medals. By the decision of the Executive Committee of the International Paralympic Committee, the Paralympic team of our country did not take part in the 15th Summer Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Winners and awardees

17 Moscow athletes in nine sports became winners and prize-winners of the current Paralympic Games in individual and team events. I managed to win two gold medals in swimming, one in cycling (sports for people with musculoskeletal disorders (ODA) and one in swimming (sports for the blind).

Three silver medals were brought by athletes in athletics, one in fencing, one in kayaking and canoeing, one in table tennis (sports for persons with a disability) and two in swimming (sports for the blind).

Bronze medals were won in track and field athletics (two), fencing (two), swimming (one), bocce (one), table tennis (sports of persons with an ODA defeat) (one), judo (two), swimming (sports of the blind) (two ).

Paralympic champions – 2020 became:

– Daria Pikalova, Maria Pavlova, Dmitry Grigoriev – swimming;

– Ruslan Kuznetsov – cycling.

Silver was brought by the following athletes:

– Margarita Goncharova (twice), Alexandra Mighty – athletics;

– Daria Pikalova (twice), Leonid Krylov – swimming;

– Victoria Boykova – fencing;

– Victoria Safonova – table tennis.

The bronze medalists were:

– Lyudmila Vasilieva, Victoria Boykova, Alena Evdokimova – fencing;

– Alesya Stepanyuk, Victoria Potapova – judo;

– Daria Pikalova, Roman Makarov, Maria Pavlova – swimming;

– Vitaly Gritsenko, Elena Gorlova – athletics;

– Victoria Safonova – table tennis;

– Ivan Frolov – bocce.

All Moscow athletes – champions and prize-winners of the Games – represent the institutions of the Moscow Sports Committee. Among them are the Yunost Moskvy physical culture and sports association (10 students), the Vorobyovy Gory sports schools (three people), Khlebnikovo (one participant), No. 54 Orienta (one representative), the Olympic Training Center (one athlete) and sports-adaptive school (one paralympian).

By the decision of the Mayor of Moscow, bonus payments to Moscow athletes – winners and prize-winners of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be:

– four million rubles – to the Paralympic champions;

– 2.5 million rubles – to the silver medalists;

– 1.7 million rubles – to the bronze medalists.

Coaches who took part in the preparation of champions and prize-winners of the Paralympics-2020 are entitled to payments in the amount of 50 percent of the indicated amounts.

On the development of adaptive sports in the city

About one million people with disabilities live in Moscow, of which almost 400 thousand have medical indications for physical education and sports. About 47 thousand people (11.8 percent) study on a regular basis.

Today, 2111 people with disabilities are undergoing sports training at 21 institutions of the Moscow Sports Committee.

Sports training is carried out in four types of adaptive sports (sports for the blind, sports for the deaf, sports for people with musculoskeletal disorders and sports for people with intellectual disabilities) in 57 sports disciplines, including 32 disciplines included in the program of the Paralympic Games, and 21 disciplines included in the program of the Olympic Games.

There are 1181 athletes in the sport of the deaf. They are mainly engaged in table tennis, swimming, judo, game sports (football, basketball, volleyball). In sports of persons with musculoskeletal disorders – 731 people, among the main disciplines – swimming, table tennis, fencing, bocce (game for accuracy), game sports. In the sport of the blind, there are 185 athletes involved in swimming, judo and futsal. 14 athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in swimming, table tennis, game sports.

Among those engaged at the initial stage there are 841 people, at the training stage – 666, at the stage of improving sportsmanship – 314, at the stage of higher sportsmanship – 290 people.

1224 athletes have sports categories and titles, among them there are 216 candidates for masters of sports, 173 masters of sports, 77 masters of sports of international class and 110 honored masters of sports of Russia.

In the sports institutions of the Moscow Sports Department, 140 coaches conduct classes with disabled athletes. The training process is organized at the facilities managed by the institutions of the Moscow Sports Committee, as well as at the rented facilities of the city’s sports, sports and educational organizations.

In the capital, 114 physical culture and recreation complexes (FOC) and over 3.6 thousand sports zones have been adapted for training people with disabilities, including swimming pools, jogging and cycling paths in parks, cycle tracks, velodromes, equestrian fields and arenas, athletics tracks and sectors, ice fields and skating rinks, beach sports grounds, rental and distribution points of sports equipment, rollerdromes, skate parks, climbing walls, gyms, sports grounds and fields, shooting ranges and shooting ranges, tennis courts and gyms, training camps, football fields, arenas and playgrounds.

In 2010–2021, 323 buildings, structures and structures, which are under the jurisdiction of Moskomsport, were adapted for people with disabilities. There appeared ramps, handrails and tactile tiles, refurbished bathrooms, mounted call buttons.

Moskomsport is actively working to attract citizens with disabilities and people with disabilities of different categories and age groups to regular physical education and sports.

Physical culture work with the population is organized by the centers of physical culture and sports of administrative districts, in which departments for work with persons with disabilities function. On the basis of sports facilities and sports centers, which are under the jurisdiction of Moskomsport, there are more than a thousand sports and health-improving groups and sections in various disciplines for people with disabilities and disabilities of different categories and ages. More than 13.5 thousand people are engaged in them. The most popular classes are swimming, general physical training, Nordic walking, table tennis and playing sports.

District and city physical culture and sports events for people with disabilities are held annually. This year, more than 500 events are planned in various sports (swimming, cross-country skiing, darts, football, volleyball, badminton, athletics, chess, checkers and more). More than 25 thousand people will take part in the competition by the end of the year.

Moscow occupies a leading position in the structure of the all-Russian sports movement for the disabled. The share of Moscow athletes in the Russian national sports teams for disabled people account for about 14.9 percent of the total number of members of national teams. Moscow athletes with disabilities, performing at official international competitions, make a great contribution to the successful performance of the national team.

Athletes from the capital took part in the following Paralympic Games:

– XIV Summer Paralympic Games 2012 in London (Great Britain), 20 medals were won (of which seven were gold) – 19.6 percent of the total number of awards of the Russian team (19.5 percent of gold medals);

– XI Winter Paralympic Games 2014 in Sochi, 15 medals were won (of which nine were gold) – 18.8 percent of the total number of awards of the Russian team (30 percent of gold medals);

– XII Winter Paralympic Games 2018 in Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea) – eight medals were won (of which four were gold) – 33.3 percent of the total number of awards of the Russian team (50 percent of gold medals).

Moscow athletes also participated in the Deaf Olympic Games:

– XXII Summer Deaf Olympic Games in 2013 in Sofia (Bulgaria), 76 medals were won (of which 23 were gold) – 42.9 percent of the total number of awards of the Russian team (34.3 percent of gold medals);

– XVIII Winter Deaf Olympic Games 2015 in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk, nine medals were won (of which three were gold) – 30 percent of the total number of awards of the Russian team (25 percent of gold medals);

– XXIII Summer Deaf Olympic Games 2017 in Samsun (Turkey), 79 medals were won (of which 27 were gold) – 39.6 percent of the total number of awards of the Russian team (31.7 percent of gold medals);

– XIX Winter Deaflympics 2019 in the Valtellina-Valchiavenna Valley (province of Sondrio, Italy), 11 medals were won (of which three were gold) – 22 percent of the total number of awards of the Russian team (16.6 percent of gold medals).

This year, Muscovites won 837 medals at all-Russian and international competitions in adaptive sports, including 304 gold, 249 silver and 284 bronze medals.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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