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
This image is from the Christmas Readings in Moscow. It’s clear what the MP thinks of disabled clergy (at least, the mobility-impaired)… the answer’s “YES”. Any questions? HH is a big advocate of orphans, the ill, poor kids, and the disabled… now, THAT’S pastorality in all caps, kids (why didn’t the ROCOR main website carry HH’s Nativity message? It posted one of Potapov’s bootless and pointless rants (attacking a relative, no less!), after all)…
On Wednesday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin presented a report on his two years in the office as well as a budget plan for the next three years. Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that his plan has good news for the handicapped. KP said that, by the end of this year, almost 10,000 socially-important objects would be accessible for wheelchair users and mothers with strollers. At present, work crews are installing 217 elevating platforms in residential buildings. Overall, by the end of this year, the ratio of socially-important buildings that are handicapped-accessible would increase to 73 percent. The same is true for public transport… in 2010, only 39 percent of buses had low-floors, by the end of 2012, this number will be 69 percent. Trolleybuses and trams are also being going to a low-floor standard, although not as fast… by the end of this year, only 60 percent of trolleybuses and 12 percent of streetcars will have increased accessibility.
18 October 2012
Voice of Russia World Service