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Acting Head of Karelia Together with Famous Russian Athletes Opened New Sports and Health Complex in Pitkranta

On August 31, on the eve of the new academic year, one more large-scale sports facility was opened in Karelia. Artur Parfenchikov, Oleg Taktarov, the mixed martial arts world champion, and Alexander Povetkin, Olympic boxing champion, took part in the opening ceremony of the Sports and Recreation Center (SRC) in Pitkyaranta.

The complex was built as part of the agreement between the Government of Karelia and Open Joint Stock Company Gazprom under the "Gazprom for Children" program. There is a swimming pool and a universal gym on the ground floor, and there is a gym above. In the new complex, more than a hundred people can train at the same time. It is important that SRC premises are adapted for people with disabilities.

"Today is a wonderful day in Pitkyaranta, because this classy, beautiful sports complex, where our children and adults will be able do a variety of sports, comes into operation. And I believe that, thanks to such a facility, Olympic champions will appear in Pitkyaranta!" the Acting Head of Karelia congratulated the audience.

The ceremony continued with the presentation of letters of gratitude to the staff of Salavatneftekhimremstroy, who built the SRC building.

The appearance of Oleg Taktarov and Alexander Povetkin, world famous athletes and champions, in the hall received a great ovation. The distinguished guests warmly spoke about Karelia and highly appreciated the level of development of sports in the Republic.

"What I saw today, and I saw quite a lot for my first visit, of course, was impressive. There are sports facilities outdoors in the Republic, which have no analogue in Moscow," said Oleg Taktarov.

The opening of the Sports and Recreation Center was held on the eve of the new academic year and became a cheerful event for Pitkyaranta. Young residents of the town presented their exhibition performances in football, basketball, choreography, aerobics, and karate. Alexander Sheika, the director of the SRC, received a symbolic key of the center.

"Great facility, I really liked it. All citizens, go and work out, be strong, and lead a healthy lifestyle!" Alexander Povetkin said.

Right after the grand opening, basketball competitions began in the sports complex. Oleg Taktarov and Alexander Povetkin brought the ball into play.

According to the Acting Head of Karelia, the cooperation of the Republic with Gazprom will be continued. Now we are discussing a new five-year program for the construction of sports facilities in different residential areas.

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