Russia and China sign agreement on 2023 sporting events – RT Sport News


Russia and China will jointly host more than 600 sporting events in 2023, according to a recently signed pact between the two countries.

News of the development was announced on Thursday by Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin, who expressed his gratitude « for our teamwork and efficiency » and for « the integrity of our Chinese colleagues in terms of cooperation ».

“It’s a good example for other countries, for the whole world. Such relationships minimize the risk of societal turbulence and set an example. I wish you all peace and sporting victories,” Matytsin said via video link.

The years 2022 and 2023 have already been declared the years of cooperation between Russia and China in the field of physical culture and sports by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Matytsin said there was « There is no doubt that this year will go down in the history of sports relations », designating the Russian-Chinese Winter Youth Games as a « true highlight. »

“On behalf of the Russian Federation, I would like to express my gratitude to the Chinese side for organizing these competitions at the highest level,” Matytsin added.

The Russian-Chinese Winter Youth Games were held in Changchun, China from December 16-19, and Matytsin revealed that there are plans for a huge competition between the SCO countries, the China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan next year. .

“We value our relationships and sport is a good example of how to build relationships between people. We are working on holding the Summer Games for the SCO countries,” Matytsin explained.

Besides, Matytsin also hinted at the exchange of coaches between Russia and China. « The cooperation program involves the exchange of experiences, including coaching », he said.

« We have to see what interest our Chinese colleagues and the Russian side have, [but] we see no obstacles in this direction,” he added, noting that there are currently some restrictions for Russian national team coaches to work in China.

“Priority is given to working with our [Russian national] teams, but there are joint training camps », Matytsin continued.

“We talked about handball, volleyball and other areas. If such proposals or applications are received from the Chinese side, we will consider them carefully and provide assistance. It is important that this work be centralized.

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