Russian athletes who won silver and bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo received state awards from the hands of Russian Presidential Aide Igor Levitin. The award ceremony took place today, September 13, in the Grand Kremlin Palace, TASS reports.
“I am glad to welcome you to the Kremlin and congratulate you on your successful performance at the 16th Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo,” Mr. Levitin addressed the medalists. He recalled the situation that arose at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, when Russian athletes were not allowed to participate. According to the aide to the President of the Russian Federation, then the athletes were forced to miss the competition “for an absolutely far-fetched reason.” “Unfortunately, we are faced with a politicized and, of course, unfair decision in relation to you,” added Mr. Levitin. He stressed that the athletes did not give up thanks to their willpower and true fighting character.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with the winners and prize-winners of the Tokyo Paralympics in the Kremlin today. On September 11, the head of state received at the Kremlin Russian athletes who won medals at the Tokyo Olympics. According to the order of the government of the Russian Federation, monetary rewards are provided for the winners and prize-winners of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Winners of gold medals will receive 4 million rubles, silver medals – 2.5 million rubles, and bronze ones – 1.7 million rubles.
The Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo were held from August 24 to September 5. The Russian team has 36 gold medals, 33 silver and 49 bronze medals. In the overall standings, the team took fourth place.
About how the ceremony took place in the Kremlin – in the material of “Kommersant” “Glass of Tokyo”.