UFA, March 4. /Offset. TASS nail Shachmaliev/. The eighth winter Olympics among students of Russia opened on Saturday in Ufa. Symbolic bowl of fire, installed on the square of Salavat Yulaev, was solemnly lit by the participant of the Olympic games in Sochi in 2014, three-time silver medalist of the championship of Russia on figure skating Anton Koprivica, the correspondent of TASS.

“Without these competitions do not happen Olympic victories, because that’s what they train, learn to work as a team to represent their region and feel the responsibility,” – said at the opening of the Olympic champion 2006 speed skating, Deputy of the State Duma Svetlana Zhurova.

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“The fact that you exercise is your great achievement, your parents, coaches,’ she said, addressing the participants of the competition. – I wish you a brilliant victories, less controversial to me as the chief judge had to examine them . This is a huge celebration in your life.”

“Thank you so much for today you have come to show themselves, to demonstrate their athletic performance, – said the Minister of youth policy and sports of Bashkortostan Andrey ivaniuta. – I’m sure you will in the future become members of our national team of the Russian Federation. It sports day gives birth to stars of sport”.

In the winter sports contest of pupils included 15 sports. In Ufa will pass competitions on hockey among boys and girls, freestyle and snowboarding. Competitions in other sports will take Beloretsk, Sochi, Perm, Ulyanovsk, Omsk, Saransk, Moscow, Tchaikovsky (Perm region) and the village Kononovskaya (Arkhangelsk oblast).

The eighth winter games of pupils of Russia of 2017 competition which will end on 30 March, is a comprehensive sports event and is for the purpose of development and promotion of sports in the Russian Federation, and also increase the level of physical fitness and mastery of sport reserve of the Russian sports and disciplines included, as a rule, in the program of Olympic games.