The Russian national team for para-arm-wrestling, led by Captain Sergey Vyatkin, shares his impressions after the European Championships in para-arm-wrestling, held in Sofia, Bulgaria. ()
From May 25 to June 1 in Sofia (Bulgaria) the XXI European Championships in para-armwrestling was held!
About thirty countries have sent their representatives to compete among athletes with disabilities. In fact, these were the sportsmen with unlimited abilities! How else you call athletes in wheelchairs, with injuries of the musculoskeletal system, with hearing or visual impairments? They are heroes! Russia is huge and immense and its team is also big. After breaking up into groups, we set out on our way to Bulgaria, where its capital, Sofia, waited for us. Sofia met us with warmth, ripe cherries and human kind attitude to the disabled athletes. At the airport, we were provided with a shuttle with a lift for wheelchair athletes. But this transfer was not provided to all groups - some had to go by bus, not equipped with electric lift. Nevertheless, such changes and attention to wheelchaired people are still pleasant. Having reached the “Moscow” hotel, where our team was checked in, we felt some inconveniences. Let's face it - the rooms were uncomfortable for wheelchair athletes! But the staff of this hotel tried to help everyone. Administrators gave us a few keys from different rooms, and we were able to pick up a bigger and more comfortable room - this understanding and attention to athletes is worth a lot. I want to note another important change in our sport, which every year moves forward with a progress. I can compare, my participation in arm-wrestling began in 2008, when we competed unclassified, that is, all together: someone sitting, someone on wheelchair, someone standing.
But now we have a classification, which makes us infinitely happy. But there is no limit to perfection, and we hope to improve the quality of the pre-competition period of registration and fair classification, so that all perform in equal conditions.