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Russia is the ambitious power

¹ 7-8 (2010)
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The international forum «Russia is the sports power» can be called one of the main events of 2010, and not so much sports as political. Its organizers have tried to prove to the domestic and foreign public, that they are able to learn lessons from fiasco of a national team in Vancouver.

The forum gathered 3500 participants. Among them: representatives of 36 foreign countries, 22 heads of the international sports federations and organizations, sports delegations of all of 83 subjects of the Russian Federation, 35 heads of executive authorities of subjects of the Russian Federation in the field of physical training and sports. It is no mere chance, that the forum coincided with celebrating of the 30 anniversary of XXII summer Olympic Games-1980 in Moscow. Representatives of the higher Russian power remembered with pride former power of the Soviet sports and assured, that they would do the utmost impossible for its restoration. «We are really the sports power, and sports development is very high state priority for us», — Dmitry Medvedev declared.

More than one could ever want. The deputy minister of sports of the Russian Federation Yury Nagornykh has told, that in 2009 the state spent 822 roubles per one Russian for physical training and sports — much less, than in other countries. «According to the Ministry of Health and Social Development, only one pupil from ten is absolutely healthy. 94% of schoolchildren have one or another disease, including chronic. Among student's the disturbing tendency is observed too, — stated Nagornykh. Federal target program (FTP)»Physical training and sports Development in the Russian Federation for 2006-2015" is called to overcome the situation. For 2009-2010, thanks to realization of this and other programs in the country, 411 modern sports objects, including 14 unique, about 100 football grounds with artificial covering, 129 health-improving complexes were put into operation. In the first quarter of 2011, 63 objects will be put into operation. This year 4,1 billion roubles have been spent for building of mass sports objects only within the limits of FTP. Next year 12,5 billion roubles, or 14,6% more, will be allocated for FTP realization.

Separate budgetary line

The participants of the forum called precedent the decision of the government to separate in the federal budget the independent section «Physical training and sports» with corresponding subsections since 2011. Now mass sports and sports of the higher achievements are financed from the federal budget in sector «Public health services, physical training and sports», and new sports objects are constructied on means of Federal target program«Physical training and sports Development in the Russian Federation for 20062015». Next year about 42,4 billion roubles will be spent for sports in the country.

Young and perspective

Now the care of the power of sports and sportsmen, shown at the forum, can't (shouldn't) but bring the expected results. Today about 20% of population of Russia go in for sports regularly, by 2015 this figure should grow up to 30%, and by 2020 — up to 40%. «And we have all reasons to be confident, that these results will be got», — Yury Nagornykh declared. There is taken the decision to create the Department of physical training and sports development in structure of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, to change the conditions for this purpose both in secondary, and in higher educational institutions, to change the situation in student's sports as a whole. «Thus, we will get to sports of the higher achievements. Deficiency of talented young men and girls, who could come and represent honor of Russia, is enormous. If we create conditions for gifted children the situation will change», — Alexey Kulakovsky hopes. To Sochi via Kazan Sports officials are glad, that in 2010 the quantity of the Russians who regularly go in for sports, increased for 2 million people and made 24,6 million, or 17,3% from all the population of the Russian Federation. 12 million, or 43% from them are students. — About 3 million, or every fifth, among children and teenagers of 6-15 years go specialized sports institutions.

Dmitry Medvedev supported the necessity of creation of the code of the international rules, concerning sportsmen activity and their legal status, and also regulating relations at the state level — the sports organizations — sportsmen. «20 years ago there was no this problem in Russia, because we didn't consider sportsmen professionals, and even the question of labor law use would have seemed absolutely unacceptable to my predecessors. But now everything has changed in our country, and in the world», — the president of the Russian Federation proved.

It is symbolical, that within the limits of the forum, the memorandum about intention to create the educational center of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in Russia was signed. The center will be built in the territory of Institute of Physical Culture in Kazan — the city, which will carry out the World Student's Games in 2013. «It is the scale project, comparable with the Olympic Games in Sochi, — the president of the Russian student's sports union Oleg Matytsin has noted. — After 2013 Kazan will become the center of student's sports, the big-time sports center».

Percentage of the Russians, who regularly went in for physical training and sports in 2010


Number of people, million

Category part in number total,%


Number of people, million

Category part in number total,%

AU population



Pupils and Students






The financing of «Physical training and sp orts» sector in the federal budget for 2011


Sum, billion roubles


Sum, billion roubles

Physical culture


Mass sports


Sports of higher achievements


Applied scientific researches in the field of physical training and sports


Other questions in the field of physical training and sports




Sports' Russia in figures

According to the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, today in Russia 5,475 million people go in for non-Olympic sports, 72,853 thousand — in for national. Totally, it is 18,27% more, than a year ago. The number of sports clubs increased last year for 1194 units, or for 10%, and the number of people going there increased for 207,9 thousand people, or for 8,5%. We expect, that this year total number of sports clubs in Russia will exceed 20000.

The number of all sports objects in the country should reach 248000 units by the end of 2010, having increased for 5000 units in comparison with 2009. Their capacity will make 24,5% against 23,5% a year ago.

Robert Storey, the president of the Federation International of Bobsleigh and Tobogganing (FIBT):

— The Russian bobsled and skeleton are becoming stronger. If the system works, all nations are interested in its methods and technologies. And the Russian system works. Now at any big sports event the Russian fans are very noticeable. Such support has a simple explanation: Russia is the real sports power.

George Killian, the president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU):

— Russia remains one of five leading countries by number of the medals won on every summer and winter Student's Games. Now, we work with the Russian student's sports union and organizing committee of the Student's Games, which will take place in 2013 in Kazan. We expect that Student's Games-2013 will become one of the best in history.

Ottavio Cinquanta, the president of the International Skaters Union (ISU):

— Russian sportsmen are world leaders in skating sports and figure skating. Now a lot is done in Russia for sports development — covered skating rinks are constructed, the infrastructure is created, the best trainers are invited. A role and influence of Russia in sports and Olympic movement before, when it was called as the USSR, and now can't be overestimated.

Dzhizhong Wei, the president of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB):

— The Russian volleyball is traditionally strong by high balls attack at the net, the collective block, and back line attack, especially at women. It is necessary to add variations in attacks and in defensive play. Russia — is the big sports power, but its potential is not realized fully. It can be explained by problems in management in sports federations. Preparation for the Olympic Games-2014 should make decisive impact on progress of the Russian sports.

Author: Nikita Logvinov