The message reads in part:
“The upcoming competitions occupy their rightful place among both significant and large-scale events in the calendar of children’s and youth sports. Every year, it brings together energetic and talented participants who are engaged in various types of martial arts. These matches help the fighters assess their own strengths and capabilities, hone their skills and gain experience. And most importantly, such prestigious and high-level competitions foster fortitude and dedication, one’s ability to take a punch and not back down from a challenge.
I am sure that the current Games will prove successful, will help popularise martial arts and promote the values of a healthy, active lifestyle, especially among young people.”