On April 20, in Ufa, in the pool of the Rima Batalova Sports Training Center, the opening ceremony of swimming competitions took place between athletes with lesions of the musculoskeletal system and visual impairment.
Over 300 swimmers from 40 subjects of our country take part in the competition.
Athletes with lesions of the musculoskeletal system are fighting for the medals of the Russian Championship, held by the All-Russian Federation of Sports for Persons with POD, and athletes with visual impairment – All-Russian Competitions, held by the All-Russian Federation of Sports for Blind.
In the framework of sporting events, open all-Russian sports swimming competitions for persons with POD “We are together. Sport”, in which, in addition to Russian swimmers, participate 10 athletes from the Republic of Belarus and 3 from the People’s Republic of Donetskut.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Sports of the Republic of Bashkortostan Ruslan Khabibov, President of the All-Russian Federation of Sports for People with Musculoskeletal Disabilities, 5-time Paralympic Games champion Andrey Strokin, President of the All-Russian Federation of Sports blind, 3-time Paralympic champion Olga Semenova, 2-time Paralympic champion Ildar Pomykalov, Olympic swimming champion Veniamin Tayanovich, head coach of the Russian national swimming team for PDA sports, honored coach of Russia Yuri Nazarenko, chairman of the regional branch of the All-Russian Federation of Sports of Persons with PAD Evgeny Yemelyanov and chairman of the regional branch of the public sports organization of All-Russian Physical Culture “All-Russian Federation of Sports for the Blind” in the Republic of Bashkortostan Sergey Trukhachev.
As part of the opening ceremony, Andrey Strokin presented the symbol of the Honored Master of Sports of Russia, Maria Pavlova, champion and bronze medalist of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in swimming.
The start of the race will last for 6 days of competition. Athletes will compete for medals in chest, butterfly, freestyle and backstroke at distances of 50 to 400 meters, as well as in relay races.
Following the grades of the first day of the competition, the awards ceremony for the winners and prize-winners took place.
Swimming is one of the first sports disciplines in Paralympic sports, which was included in the competitive program at the 1960 Summer Paralympic Games in Rome (Italy). The development of the sport is handled by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Swimming is one of the most intense medal sports at the Paralympic Games. It includes men and women with lesions of the musculoskeletal system, visual impairment and intellectual impairment. At the Paralympic Games, athletes perform in a 50-meter pool in 8 lanes of the International Water Federation (FINA) standard. At the XVI Paralympic Games, Russian swimmers won 17 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze medals.