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Russian-Chinese Wheelchair Fencing Meeting (16-23 January 2016)
The New Paralympic-2016 year has started, and the strongest world-famous wheelchair fencing teams began intensive trainings and fencing practice.  

This January the team from Shanghai has visited Moscow for joint trainings and friendly fights with the Russian National team. That was  a reciprocal visit  to tie friendship, warm relations and improve athletes’ skills. Last year the Russian team was invited to Shanghai for training camp and friendly tournament. All guests were so excited by warm welcome and hospitality, interesting training program, and positive  sportive results. The organizers of the Moscow camp also tried to do their best to make the events’ program interesting and memorable. The teams have visited the Red Square, celebrated New Year’s holidays and January birthdays. 

The head coach of the Russian team Elena Belkina says,  “We have dared  for the first time to invite somebody to Moscow during cold period. And,  we started with the most enduring team of China. Moscow was so beautiful full of snow; the temperature was minus 18’C degrees. We tried to show our traditions and culture, and save our dear guests healthy.  There was very warm in a fencing gym because of hot fights and bright emotions.  Joint practice and friendly fights help fencers to hone their skills in a relaxed working atmosphere. The teams of Russia and China have plans to hold such trainings every year. The interweaving of cultures supports the social adaptation of the Paralympic athletes in life. Being in Shanghai, we studied the authentic Chinese cuisine, and the Chinese athletes have made many discoveries in our food too. The Russians were interested to learn Chinese words and wishes written in hieroglyphs. Chinese athletes watched as we wrote in Cyrillic. During a friendly tea evening, we sang together in two languages the Russian song "Moscow Nights." Since the year 2006 we do our best to strengten traditions of the international wheelchair fencing joint  sessions among kids and adult athletes.  And now we enjoy the positive benefits of our work, fights,  and friendly relations’.

By Ksenia Ovsyannikova,
Wheelchair Fencing Promotion Commission.
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