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Russia: Putin heralds renewal of USSR-style sports programme

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 24, 2014 at 18:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Putin heralds renewal of USSR-style sports programme

Russian president Vladimir Putin talked about the revival of the GTO youth sports programme at a meeting with the Council for Development of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow on Monday.

The 'Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR' programme, abbreviated to GTO in Russian, which awarded badges to millions of citizens each year, was ended after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The purpose of the new programme is "to encourage and inspire the overwhelming majority of the population to practice sports and pursue physical activities", Putin said.

Other items on the agenda included the results of the Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, preparing athletes for the next Winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeongchang, and developing Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports in Russia.

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Russia: Putin heralds renewal of USSR-style sports programme

Russian president Vladimir Putin talked about the revival of the GTO youth sports programme at a meeting with the Council for Development of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow on Monday.

The 'Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR' programme, abbreviated to GTO in Russian, which awarded badges to millions of citizens each year, was ended after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The purpose of the new programme is "to encourage and inspire the overwhelming majority of the population to practice sports and pursue physical activities", Putin said.

Other items on the agenda included the results of the Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, preparing athletes for the next Winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeongchang, and developing Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports in Russia.

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