On December 10, at the Sports Center of the Krasnoselsky district of St. Petersburg, the finals of the XII International Futsal Tournament were held among the teams of pupils of children’s centers and boarding schools.
The event was attended by the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the head of the Russian Center Denis Pushilin, the LPR People’s Council deputy Vladimir Chekun, the member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Andrey Kutepov, the plenipotentiary representative of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg of the sixth convocation for relations with the territorial bodies of the federal executive bodies Eugeny Nikolsky.
The organizers of the competition were the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, the all-Russian public organization “Russian Football Union”, the all-Russian public organization “Futsal Association of Russia” and the administration of the Krasnoselsky district of St. Petersburg. The organizing committee was headed by a well-known public figure Valery Kalugin. The tournament was held within the framework of the final of the all-Russian project “Futsal – into school!”
The teams from the cities of St. Petersburg and Simferopol, Leningrad, Arkhangelsk, Tver, Kurgan and Ryazan regions of the Russian Federation, as well as from Latvia, Belarus and Paraguay took part in the competitions. Pupils of the Donetsk general boarding school of I-III degrees No. 1 went to competitions from the Donetsk People’s Republic with the support of the Russian Center.
The representative of the Russian Futsal Association addressed the participants and guests of the competitions and read out the congratulatory address of the Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov.
“Sport as the most important social phenomenon should be accessible to everyone, including children left without parental care. I am sure that the impressions that the children will receive from victories, from communication with each other, from visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world, St. Petersburg, will stay in their hearts forever. Perhaps, it is here that new stars will be lit, which will glorify our country with their new sports achievements and successes. I wish all the participants of the tournament interesting matches, high results and excellent mood,” the message was quoted as saying.
For his part, the Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR Denis Pushilin expressed gratitude to the organizers of the competition and thanked the young athletes for an interesting game.
“Dear friends! Today was another sport holiday. It is vital that our younger generation understand that sports unite us. The Donetsk People’s Republic regularly participates in this tournament. We are very grateful to the organizers and understand the important task on their shoulders. We are very pleased that the cultural capital of Russia meets our children with open arms. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank the participants of the competition for the good game they showed us,” the Speaker of the DPR Parliament said.
Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Andrey Kutepov in his address thanked the young athletes and coaches.
“I want to say a few words of gratitude to teachers and coaches who train our young athletes. We, on our part, will try to do our best to increase the number of children in this sport,” Andrey Kutepov added.
Valery Kalugin also addressed the athletes and congratulated the winners of the tournament.
“I am grateful to everyone who took part in the tournament, during which the strongest team was determined. Thank you very much for a good game,” Valery Kalugin concluded.
As a result of the competition, the winners, who turned out to be athletes from Karelia, were awarded tickets for attending matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in St. Petersburg. The team from the DPR took the 10th place.