Previously, our country has never hosted such tournaments. Special Olympics will bring together athletes with intellectual development.

One of those who strongly supported the upcoming event, was supermodel Natalia Vodianova. It is no secret that Vodianova has a sister Oksana, whose childhood doctors diagnosed autism and cerebral palsy. The model is well known for being actively involved in various volunteer and charitable movements, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics. Here is how Natalia commented, “RG” news about the 2022 Games in Kazan.

How did you react when you heard the news about the choice of Kazan?

Natalia Vodianova Jumped for joy. My whole family is happy. This is a huge victory! The dream to which we went for many years, but which I personally was afraid to believe, not to jinx it until the very last moment, has become a reality! I’m so happy that for the first time in history, Russia will become a country of holding the World winter Games Special Olympics.

what, In your opinion, the importance of the upcoming event?

Natalia Vodianova First of all, that is a huge step forward for building an inclusive culture in Russia. Today, special Olympics is more than sports with seconds and records. These Games are much broader – they embody the true Olympic values, demonstrate courage, help athletes and their families to receive a portion of positive emotions, to discover their talents and have a great time. The event will show the special people that they have much more in common with the world than differences. This is a great time when they are at the top of Olympus and become the protagonists of an equal struggle. And, of course, a society looking at people with disabilities, is beginning to change, and ultimately justice and tolerance will prevail.