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19 October 2022
On 18 October the president of Russian Paralympic Committee, IWAS vice-president Pavel Rozhkov took part in IWAS Executive Committee meeting via videoconference.

The meeting was chaired by IWAS President Rudi Van Den Abbeele.

As part of his agenda Pavel Rozhkov reported on the results of the Summer Games for Para Athletes "We Are Together. Sport".

More than 1100 athletes from 78 regions of Russia and 10 foreign countries took part in the Games: Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mali, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Serbia and Eritrea. In terms of the number of participants, the Games exceeded the Winter Games for Para Athletes by 12 times with about 100 athletes from 5 countries.

Over the 6 days of competition 369 sets of medals were played. The leaders in the number of medals won at the Games were: 16-time Paralympic champion in swimming from the Republic of Belarus, Igor Boki, with six gold and one silver medal to his credit. Our famous swimmers became six-time champions of the Summer Games for Para Athletes: Victoria Ishchiulova from Orenburg Region, Alexandra Zyablitseva from Saint Petersburg, Roman Zhdanov from Altai Territory, Natalia Butkova from Volgograd Region and Zoya Shurova from Moscow. Four-time winners were: Anna Bogatyreva, Dmitry Grigoryev, Anastasia Shevchenko, Andrey Timoshenko. Mikhail Kuliabin, Nadezhda Burkova and Valeria Shabalina, who also exceeded the former world record in the 100m butterfly. Another result above the world record was shown by athlete Evgeny Demin in the club throw. And also Yelena Popova in the discus throw. Russian athletes participating in the Games set ten European records and 18 national records.

Among the Belarusian athletes we can also mention the swimmers Grigory Zudilov, who won 4 gold and 1 bronze medal, and Dmitry Soley, who won 3 gold medals. The athlete Vladislav Grib broke the world record in the discus throw.

At the end of the Games the Moscow team took the first place among the regions of the Russian Federation with 58 gold, 59 silver and 54 bronze medals. The St. Petersburg team got the second place with 21 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze medals. The Chelyabinsk Region team crowned the third place with 16 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze medals.

Members of the Executive committee considered questions of membership in the organization, organization and holding of the World Games IWAS 2022 which will take place from November 23 to 30 in Vila Real de Santo Antonio (Portugal), the General Assembly of IWAS, the first IWAS Winter Games which are planned to hold in March 2023 in Iran and others.

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