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Moscow Youth Olympic Games Bid - Russia Gets Government Support

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Interfax reports that following a meeting hosted by Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov during which Moscow’s bid for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games was discussed, the Prime Minister said Russia’s government supports the bid.

He said, “the decision was made to support the initiative by the city of Moscow, the Moscow city administration, the City Duma, the Muscovites and the Federal Sports Agency to propose Moscow as a candidate to host the 2010 Games".

Federal Sport and Physical Culture Agency head Vyacheslav Fetisov, who also took part in the meeting, said that Moscow could hold the 2010 Youth Olympic Games at the highest possible level.

“We have no doubts that, if granted this right, Moscow will hold the best Games in such a format in history. We fully support Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov’s initiative, especially bearing in mind that the first unofficial Youth Games were held in Moscow and therefore Moscow has every reason to aspire to host the Games”.

He added, “I always stated that Moscow is not only the capital of our motherland but also the world sport capital that is ready to hold competitions of any level even full-fledged Olympic Games. Moscow has hospitality, traditions and the cultural heritage that should be among the major components of its Olympic bid.

“The Youth Olympics is a chance for children to unite the world; if children make friends parents will have nothing to do but to follow the suit”. Write or read comments about this article

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