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25 November 2022

MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Ivan Potekhin, the London 2012 Paralympic Games champion, has been elected as the President of Russian CP Football Federation. This was reported to TASS on Friday by the press service of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC).

The election took place on November 24 at an extraordinary reporting and elective conference of Russian CP Football Federation.

"The conference was attended by 42 delegates from 18 subjects of Russia, who elected the governing bodies of the federation. Ivan Potekhin, the champion of the Paralympic Games and vice-president of the Russian Paralympic Committee, was elected as the President of the Federation. Also was elected the Governing Board, which consisted of eight people, four of whom - former athletes, champions and prize-winners of the Paralympic Games", - says the report.

The extraordinary conference was held because of the death of Avtandil Baramidze, the former president and founder of the federation. He passed away on September 27. Under his leadership the Russian national team became the Paralympic champion twice, won silver medals twice and bronze once. Also, Russian players have won four World Championships and won the gold medal of the European Championship.

"The delegates of Russian CP Football Federation conference elected experienced and highly qualified specialists who know their job well. Our team intends to continue the glorious traditions of football development, laid down by the founder of CP Football in Russia - the head coach of the national team Baramidze, whom many of his pupils, including myself, perceived as a father," - said Potekhin.

At the first meeting of the Governing Board of the federation, which took place immediately after the conference, Andrey Kuvaev, the Paralympic champion, and Isolda Chkonia, the national team coach, were elected as vice-presidents of the federation. Lasha Murvanadze, the Paralympic champion, was appointed as head coach of the national team.

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