the Trees were planted by the double Olympic champion on hockey Alexander Yakushev, the owner of the same number of gold medals of the summer Games basketball player Nelly Ferancova, the winner of the football tournament Melbourne 1956, the best scorer of the Moscow “Spartak”, now first Vice-President of the Russian football Union (RFU) Nikita Simonyan, fencer Galina Gorokhova, gymnast Lidia Ivanova, and many other celebrities of the national sport.
the event was attended by the Minister of sports Oleg Matytsin and President of the organizing Committee of the project “the Cedars of the great Victory” Alexander Inshakov.
the Meeting with veterans of the sport we hold traditionally, for us it is a Holy thing, – said Oleg Matytsin. Our cedar alley – memory and gratitude to those who fought in order to defeat evil. We are proud of the athletes – heroes of the great Patriotic war.
Planted in MST cedar trees should grow about ten-storied house and live six or seven centuries or even more. First planted cedar was dedicated to the memory of multiple absolute champion of the Soviet Union on Boxing Nikolay Korolev. He went through the war, was twice carried his wounded commander from the battlefield to save his life, was able to return to the ring and again was victorious. After the war, Korolev more than ten years he served in the red banner Northern fleet. And similar stories can be told about every one, whose memory is perpetuated by our veterans of the sport.
the organizing Committee of the project “the Cedars of the great Victory,” stressed that all the territories of sports facilities and institutions in Russia and the CIS countries it is planned to plant about three million coniferous trees.
Oleg Matytsin and Alexander Inshakov after planting cedars in the building located near the alley of the sports Museum, presented our legends gifts. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Russian state University of physical culture, sport, youth and tourism. During the war, about 170 teachers and students of the University defended the Motherland in the ranks of motorized infantry brigade of special purpose.