Legendary Russian athletes took the military oath in Sochi
They will serve in the companies of the Central Sports Club of the Army.
The elite of Russian sports gathered at the Olympic square «Medal Plaza»: boxers, jumpers, bobsledders, swimmers, karate. At the beginning of the event, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu awarded the next military ranks to the legendary athletes of the country. Among them, according to journalists, Major Elena Isinbayeva became the most colorful.
The ceremony lasted about an hour. Each of the recruits recited the text of the oath. 208 athletes from Sochi will fly to 4 sports venues: in Samara, Rostov, St. Petersburg and Moscow. The country's Defense minister wished the soldiers good luck in their service.
- For 92 years, the students of the club have been representing our country with honor at competitions of the highest rank. I have no doubt that the younger generation of sports companies will be a worthy replacement for the current champions, - said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
The guests of the event, including the head of the city Anatoly Pakhomov, wished the recruits a good journey.
- Taking the oath by soldiers, athletes on the medal square of the Olympic Park is a very weighty, very significant event, of course, as a city that has the opportunity to hold events of any scale, we are ready to host military games,- the mayor stressed.
According to the head of the city, such events are already a good tradition for the resort. It is quite possible that these recruits will soon be standing on the famous «Medal Plaza» square again, but already as participants of the 2017 World Military Winter Games. The venue of these competitions will be known very soon.