On December 8-9, for the 20th time, the Golden Hare Jubilee Tournament took place in Moscow. Today, this competition is the only multi-tournament for the disabled, not only in Russia, but also in the world, which combines almost all categories of disabled athletes. Within the framework of this tournament arm wrestling, weight-lifting, bodybuilding and darts competitions are held. ()
From year to year, starting in 1998, the permanent organizers of the tournament, Viktor Zaitsev and Larisa Borovinskaya, are trying to hold their tournament at a decent level, organizing both competition and accommodation, as well as a cultural program for participants and guests. This tournament gives people with a disability a chance to express themselves through sport and the possibility of companionship with each other, to find new friends from different parts of our country and the near abroad.
This year the Golden Hare tournament was held in the Kapotnya recreation center and gathered a large number of participants. In total, over 150 athletes from 20 regions of Russia and 4 CIS countries: Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus took part in the Golden Hare jubilee tournament. The most representative team was from Tajikistan led by the captain of the team world champion Akmal Kodirov.
Traditionally, a large friendly team represented the Perm region, Moscow and Rostov regions, the republic of SAHA (Yakutia) and the city of Belgorod.
This year's jubilee tournament was attended by the guest of honor, the President of the Polish Federation of Para-Armwrestling and the organizer of the Disabled Armwrestling World Cup Anna Mazurenko. She was very pleased with the warm welcome and shared her thoughts about the tournament, noting that these competitions are the only ones in the world of such a format. Having promised to take all the best of this experience for the implementation in working with people with disabilities in Poland, Anna spoke with great warmth about the atmosphere among people at the tournament.
All this makes this tournament unique in its own way, and it carries a very important function in socialization of the disabled in the first place, and then as event of the sport of the highest achievements.
It is necessary to note the good work of the referees team headed by the referee of the international category, Honored Master of Sports Alina Samotoy.
Despite the fact that the tournament is not a qualifying one, armwrestling stars from both current and past years traditionally attend it.