The message reads in part:
“We can be rightfully proud of the wonderful history of national youth sports, its victorious and time-tested traditions. We are delighted to note that higher and secondary specialised education institutions continue to upgrade their sports infrastructure and to create new clubs and hobby groups involving more and more young men and women, advocates of a healthy lifestyle. In this connection, I am satisfied to note that the Association of Russian Student Sports Clubs has been conducting important and highly popular work for many years.
“I am confident that the current ASSK.Fest nationwide festival of student sports will take place at a high organisational and creative level, that it will be a source of interesting ideas and initiatives, and that participants and guests will remember it for its packed programme, and atmosphere of honest, beautiful and uncompromising struggle. I am, of course, also confident that it will help promote the mass student sports movement in this country.”