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A new ice palace opened in Petrozavodsk

Alexander Khudilainen welcomes guests of the sports center

Alexander Khudilainen welcomes guests of the sports center

Opening of the sports center

Opening of the sports center

Participants of the Fourth session of the State Commission for preparation for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia held on December, 17 under the chairmanship of Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, have arrived in Petrozavodsk.

Solemn opening of Lumi sports center built in the mouth of the Lososinka River took place in Petrozavodsk in the morning.

Standing during the National Anthem

Standing during the National Anthem

Nikolai Patrushev addresses to the citizens of Karelia

Nikolai Patrushev addresses to the citizens of Karelia

Nikolai Patrushev, Chairman of the State Commission; Pavel Novikov, Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation; Rashid Nurgaliyev, Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Russia; Vladimir Bulavin, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Northwestern Federal District; Valentina Pivnenko, Deputy to the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the Republic of Karelia; Alexander Khudilainen, Head of the Republic of Karelia and executive secretary of the State Commission; Vladimir Semyonov, Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Karelia, and Galina Shirshina, Head of Petrozavodsk urban district, have taken part in the opening ceremony.

Young figure skater

Young figure skater

The opening ceremony

The opening ceremony

The new sports center that includes the indoor ice rink with artificial ice, a classroom, a choreographic class and a gym has appeared in the capital of Karelia following the instructions of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Construction of the object was held within the scope of the Federal Target Program Development of Physical Culture and Sports in the Russian Federation in 2016-2015.

In his speech Nikolai Patrushev has cordially congratulated the citizens of Petrozavodsk on the opening of the new ice palace having thanked the builders for the wonderful present to the townspeople. He has also pointed out that President of Russia Vladimir Putin is paying most close attention to development of physical culture and sports, construction of sports centers and promotion of healthy living.

Young atletes at the stands of the sports center

Young atletes at the stands of the sports center

Performance of figure skaters

Performance of figure skaters

– It is important that construction of the sports center was co-financed by the authorities of Russia, and Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, and the authorities of Karelia and of the city of Petrozavodsk. As the construction was collaborative, further assistance to this center will be rendered through joint efforts. I wish children to achieve their goals here, to grow healthy and strong, to have an opportunity to achieve good sport results. We believe that it will be so, – Nikolai Patrushev has told.

Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen has addressed to participants of the ceremony, having observed that opening of the sports center is a great sports celebration for the republic and for its capital.

Young figure skaters

Young figure skaters

Performance of figure skaters

Performance of figure skaters

– Karelia has always been strong for its sport traditions and high achievements. Today tens of thousands of children and teenagers go in for sports in 29 sports schools of the republic. We realise that it is not possible to satisfy all the needs for sports facilities, but our plans are ambitious. Over the period of five years within the territory of the republic it will be built 176 sports facilities, including ice palaces, swimming pools, football fields, and various gyms and arenas. I believe that upon commissioning of such facilities sports achievements of our children will rise to higher levels, – Head of the republic has told.

At the stands of the sports center

At the stands of the sports center

Young hockey-players

Young hockey-players

Alexander Khudilainen has also expressed gratitude to the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, who have made a great contribution in development of hockey in Karelia within the past few years, and has stated confidence that this new sports complex will become one of the favourite leisure areas of citizens of Petrozavodsk.

On behalf of Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation, Pavel Novikov has congratulated the audience. The State Duma deputy Valentina Pivnenko and Vladimir Semyonov, Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the republic, have addressed to the townspeople with words of congratulation.

Young hockey-players

Young hockey-players

The hockey game

The hockey game

Heroes of the fete for whom the new sports center was built, children and teenagers from sports schools, have also taken part in the celebration. Folk music ensembles have also come to congratulate young athletes. A hockey game of two teams from Petrozavodsk and Kondopoga has crowned the celebration. In the afternoon the new ice palace will be a venue for the hockey game of two adult teams Dinamo and Yunost Flyers.

The ice palace will become an athletic center for students of one of the municipal sports schools of Petrozavodsk, young hockey-players, ice skaters and figure skaters, as well as for mass skating all-year-round. There are stands able to seat 411 spectators, it is easily accessible for the disabled.

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