President Victor Yushchenko, Paralympic Committee President Valeriy Sushkevych and Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko took part in a send-off ceremony for Ukraine’s Paralympic team, which will represent our country at the Ninth Paralympic Games in the Italian city of Turin.
Addressing the athletes, the Head of State said: “Dozens, hundreds, millions of people, both healthy and disabled, need your examples of self-affirmation. You are heroes because your will is strong and you demonstrate it, and I respect you for that.”
Yushchenko said he was surprised to learn biographiesof some athletes of the team: “Your merits show you are extraordinary people.”
He reiterated that many Ukrainians won sports competitions.
“We are looking forward to your victories and medals,” he said.
The President remarked that Ukrainian government still owed the people with particular needs much and pledged to spare no effort to improve the situation.
“We must do many things if we want to seriously speak about sports, physical culture and health of the nation,” he opined.
Soldiers of the Honor Guard gave Yushchenko a Ukrainian flag and hepresented it to Serhiy Khyzhnyuk, flag-bearer of the National Paralympic Team. Then Volodymyr Hryshko performed the national anthem.
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