Para-athletes from all corners of Russia gathered to find out the best of the best in their classes and weight categories both among juniors and senior athletes, and in order to qualify for the Russian national team to represent Russia at the European and World Championships. They were warmly welcomed by the Sochi sun and the Black Sea. ()
For the first time the Russian championship among disabled athletes was held in the city of Sochi and many people have never been here. It was a pleasant surprise that the organization of this event was held at the highest level and most importantly, all the facilities of Sport Center “Yug Sport” met international standards and rules for competitions specifically for para-athletes.
We express our special thanks to the city administration and the leadership of the FGBU Sport Center “Yug Sport” for their support in organizing and holding the Russian championship, as well as the entire team of Russian Armwrestling Federation, led by its president Aleksandr Filimonov. The experience of the IWAS World Games which took place in 2015 in the same place was used.
This year, about 150 athletes were registered at the Russian Para-Armwrestling Championship, and it was a sign that our sport is developing and moving forward towards the cherished goal of recognizing armwrestling as a Paralympic sport.
According to the regulations, in addition to weighing and registration, the classification of new para-athletes was carried out, this procedure was led by the senior classifier of the Russian Federation of Sports for Persons with Physical Impairment Vadim Rabinovich.
And so, when all the formalities were met, two days of hot fights came.