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President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych wished Ukrainian athletes success and victories at the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"I wish you to achieve everything you want. This moment of your life creates conditions for you to achieve the desired sports peak," Viktor Yanukovych said in the course of the meeting with members of the Ukrainian Olympic team in Sochi, President’s press office informs.
The Head of State noted that he had come to meet with the Ukrainian team, to support and boost the morale of athletes. He also wished them to always achieve their goals. According to the President, character and will to win shall help the Olympians.
Viktor Yanukovych says that he will root for the Ukrainian team. "We will watch, support and help you move forward," the President noted.
On behalf of the athletes, Acting Minister of Youth and Sports Ravil Safiullin expressed gratitude for the support of sports in general and of the Olympic team in particular. He stressed that the State Budget 2014 provides for the increase of sports funding in Ukraine almost by 20%.
Ravil Safiullin emphasizes that the team has held all the necessary trainings in the course of its preparation to the Olympic Games. "The state has fulfilled its obligations. In 3 years, it has allocated 109 million UAH," he said.
Head of National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Serhiy Bubka noted that the Ukrainian team is represented by 43 athletes. He expressed gratefulness to the President for his support of sports and Olympian movement. "I would like to express gratefulness for the support of sports and Olympian movement. We feel it. Thank you for coming to support us," S. Bubka said.