A new dawn for Special Olympics Russia

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Coca Cola's Ljubo Grujic, Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics Russia athlete Katya Zubova, Special Olympics board member Natalia Vodianova, Andrei Pavlov, Vyacheslav Fetisov and Special Olympics Russia President Yuri Smirnov
The future is bright for Special Olympics Russia with plans underway to roll-out Unified Sports to 10,000 schools. On what was a memorable first official visit, Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver championed plans to further develop the Special Olympics movement in Russia. There are currently 120,000 Russian Special Olympics athletes. However, under the leadership of new Special Olympics Russia President Yuri Smirnov, the program is committed to an ambitious expansion plan so that Special Olympics becomes available in all 85 Russian regions. During an action-packed visit, which came on the back of an invite from State Duma congressman Vyacheslav Fetisov, Mr Shriver attended a Young Athletes event, took part in a Unified Football match, and a media press conference together with Special Olympics board member Natalia Vodianova. He also addressed the State Duma's Committee of Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs and met with the Russian Sport's Minister Pavel Kolobkov

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Timothy Shriver interview on Russia Today.
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