What impresses me about the above image is that HH wants the Church to enter into and bless ALL of human endeavour, and that does include sport (should I mention that Fr Vsevolod‘s a big-time footy fan?). Note how boxing champ Nikolai Valuev looks like an intelligent human being, not a monster, as so many of the Western images portray him. Nikolai Sergeyevich isn’t only athletically-gifted, he’s a well-educated man who’s done acting and is a deputy in the RF Gosduma. I love what he told a judge when a jerk-off jabronie accused him of assaulting him, “If I had wanted to hurt him, I would have” (ain’t that the truth… simply put and clear-cut). Oh, by the way, the schmidiot was messing with Nikolai Sergeyevich’s wife… NOT a good idea (especially, as she didn’t care for it one bit). One last item before we go… HH included some of Russia’s successful Paralympians as part of this group… and made no special fuss over them. That’s as it should be… they’re simply athletically-gifted people with physical disabilities, not “special” athletes. Russia has placed its Paralympians on the same level as its Olympians (same recognition, same awards, same money for medals)… now, it’s time for America to do the same.
HH with Russian Orthodox sportsmen… now, that’s the ticket…