Denis Pushilin welcomes participants of International Futsal Tournament in memory of Vladimir Degtyaryov

On August 24, in Donetsk, in the Integrated Children’s and Youth Sports School No. 5 with the support of the Russian Center, the International Futsal Tournament in memory of Vladimir Degtyaryov started. The event was attended by Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin, Acting Minister of Youth Policy of Sports and Tourism Alexander Gromakov, deputy head of the administration of the city of Makeyevka Irina Lyakh, as well as Vladimir Degtyaryov’s family members.

Football competitions are held within the framework of the Open Republican Sports Festival, timed to the Day of the Miner. Guests from the city of St. Petersburg and Severodvinsk of the Russian Federation, as well as a team of compatriots living on the territory of the Donbass temporarily controlled by Ukraine, will take part in the competitions.

During the solemn part, Denis Pushilin noted that the development of physical culture and sports is one of the priority tasks in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

“Dear friends! I am very pleased that the Donetsk People’s Republic is doing everything to develop sports, both amateur and professional. And I am very glad that now we have such a sports festival. I’m sure it’s needed by our football land, we all need it, because this is a sea of positive emotions.

And now I have nothing left to do but to wish you a good game. Let the strongest win!” said the Speaker of the DPR Parliament.

For his part, Alexander Gromakov thanked the guests of the tournament from the Russian Federation and part of the Donbass, temporarily controlled by Ukraine.

“I am sincerely glad to see you in this hall in a good mood, to see the smiles on your faces. Thank you to the teams from St. Petersburg and Severodvinsk, which have come a long way to the DPR. A special gratitude, of course, goes to our compatriots from the territory of the Donetsk region, temporarily controlled by Ukraine.

I am confident that our friendship will never end and we will remain true to the wonderful football tradition to meet in sports arenas and fight for the right to own prizes,” the head of the relevant ministry emphasized.

Irina Lyakh, in turn, added that the International Futsal Tournament in memory of Vladimir Degtyaryov is timed to coincide with the Day of the Miner.

“The Donetsk People’s Republic pays special attention to the development of the sports and physical culture movement. Both amateur and professional sports are developing. And, of course, football plays a special role in our life.

It is especially joyful that today’s football festival is held on the eve of one of the most important holidays in our Republic – the Miner’s Day,” the deputy mayor of Makeyevka said.

The grandson of Vladimir Degtyaryov, named after the famous grandfather, spoke about his contribution to the development of Donetsk football.

“Donetsk continues to honour the history of our region, including the memory of my grandfather – Vladimir Degtyaryov. He began his journey as a mining engineer, and after that he became an economic executive and leader of our region, who did a lot for it,” Vladimir Degtyaryov reminded.

It should be noted that the competitions are held within the framework of the Humanitarian Programme for the reunification of the Donbass people, which has been in effect since February 17, 2017. This programme was initiated by the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko to assist compatriots living in the Donbass temporarily controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

The event organizer is the Russian Center, which, we recall, was founded in November 2017 with a view to strengthening the integration processes of the DPR with the Russian Federation. The Head of the Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, set before the Center the task of bringing integration processes with the regions of the Russian Federation to a new, higher and more qualitative level. One of the forms of work of the Russian Center is the organization of sports events with the participation of athletes from the Russian Federation. The head of the Russian Center is Denis Pushilin.

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