About 100 sportsmen from all over Donbass open first wrestling festival in Donetsk [Pics.]

The first open Republican festival of types of wrestling began today in the capital of the Donetsk People's Republic. The grand opening of the competition was held in the Children's and Youth Sports School No. 5 in Donetsk.

The opening was attended by the Minister of Sports of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Gromakov, the deputy of the People's Council from the faction "Free Donbass" Yuri Sivokonenko, as well as the leaders of sports federations and athletes of the Republic.

"I am glad to welcome you to the First Open Republican Festival of Wrestling. The Donetsk region is famous not only for its achievements in labor, but also for sports victories, including in various types of wrestling, "Gromakov told the participants. 

I want, that among participants of these competitions there will be not only rivalry, but also friendship. So that we, with our compatriots from the Donetsk region under Kiev's control, always remain friends. "

In total, more than 100 wrestlers came to the festival, including 26 people from the territory of the Donetsk region part controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. The Volnovakha, Telmanovsky and Veliko-Novoselkovsky districts, Mariupol, Ugledar, Dzerzhinsk have been represented. 

"I have been going wrestling since early childhood. I used to study here, now I live on the territory controlled by Ukraine. I was invited to participate in the fight, I agreed - a good prize fund. In addition, here are a lot of my friends and acquaintances, and this is a wonderful occasion to see them, "said a participant from the Kiev-controlled Volnovakha Roman. 

DONi News Agency