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Real southerners play hockey

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Rostov region can become a ground for preparation of national Russian ice sports teams for the Olympic Games-2014, considers the president of ice hockey regional federation Igor Kuzhelev.

— The Don hockey enters qualitatively new level. Recently, our federation has got the state accreditation. The program of hockey development in the Rostov region, providing building of six skating rinks by 2012, is accepted. It will get involved about one and a half thousand children.

— And how many children go in for hockey now?

— There are more than 200 of them in Rostov and about 500 in the whole region.

— Where exactly new skating rinks will be built?

— The skating rink in Novocherkassk is already constructed. The necessary documentation for building of skating rinks in Rostov, Taganrog, Shakhty is being prepared.

— Will preparation for the Sochi Olympic Games affect ice hockey development in the Rostov region?

— Certainly. And not only hockey, but also other winter kinds of sports, for example figure skating.

— According to the decision of hockey federation the" Yug" zone has been founded. Do Rostovites have strong position there?

— We keep confident leadership in the south due to such all-the-year-round ice construction, as a skating rink of the Palace of sports. Now we are gaining experience, actively and successfully participate in the Cup of Ukraine competitions, which are held in Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkov. On the international tournament «Belovezhskaya pushcha» pupils of ice hockey branch of 1998-1999 years of birth took first place. Teams of the Olympic reserve school participated in competitions of various level and became prize-winners of these tournaments last year and this year. Three Cup of Don tournaments, and two tournaments of the Russian level for «Golden puck» prize were held also.


Author: Konstantin Kukharenko