Russia not only hosts Paralympic events, it gives Paralympians such as Aleksei Ashapatov (1973- ) equal top billing with all other athletes… that’s the way it’s ‘sposed to be, kids…
On Monday, the International Paralympic Committee said that the Russian town of Aleksin would host the 2013 European Open Powerlifting Championships for Disabled Athletes. Aleksin is 150 kilometres south from Moscow; it’ll welcome around 250 athletes from 22 through 28 May for the first major event since London 2012. IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez posted on the IPC official website, “This’ll be the first European Open Championship in this sport in six years, and I hope it’ll be the first of many more IPC Powerlifting regional championships to come in the near future. Our goal is to further develop and enhance the sport by offering more competitions on an international level between Paralympic Games”. Aleksin is a major centre for Russian Paralympians, and a specialised training centre for disabled athletes opened there in August 2012. In London, powerlifters competed in 20 weight categories, with Nigeria coming out top with 12 medals, six of them gold.
25 February 2013