President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has sent a greeting message to participants of the Universiade-2013 Student Sports Competitions in Bukhara. Following is the text of the presidential address.
My dear children!
Esteemed guests, tutors and coaches!
Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart do I congratulate you – the representatives of the younger generation of our nation, who are set to start an independent life with huge hopes and aspirations – on today’s unforgettable event in the life of Uzbekistan’s youth: the official commencement of the Universiade-2013 Games!
That this festival of youth, beauty and sports draws the attention of all fans of sports, the millions of young men and women and our entire nation, and the decision to hold this festival in the sacred land of the ancient and eternally young Bukhara affords the current occasion a deep meaning and a special, elevated mood.
Dear participants of the Universiade!
The very fact that on the way to these prominent competitions, dubbed the Minor Olympics, you have made remarkable achievements on the sports arenas and eventually made it to the finals of the Universiade-2013 – the highest tier of the sports games organized in our country – by displaying goal-mindedness, vigor and resolution, along with attaining knowledge in higher education institutions, is an indisputably clear indication of the big success every one of you has made in the sport he and she chose.
Those who have undergone the tough path of making such high accomplishments that have demanded from everyone the mobilization of all their abilities, the manifestation of robust willpower and character, courage and skill, without any doubt know well the price of their achievements.
This is colorfully backed by following figures and facts.
That 1,020 young men and women have made into the finals of this Universiade, out of the nearly 138 thousand students who had taken part in the qualifying competitions, is suggestive of the keen scale and the intensity of competition at this contest.
All the necessary conditions were created across our country for this Universiade to be prepared at a high organizational level, an event held for the sixth time already. Notably, in Bukhara alone, dozens of sports palaces and complexes have been erected, a considerable amount of works has been carried out in the construction, reconstruction and beautification, with around 93.5 billion soums spent for these purposes. If we take into account these circumstances, the immense significance attached by our state and society to these sports games held every three years would be even more obvious.
I believe it will hardly be difficult to understand that all this is undertaken primarily to further such great goals as nurturing our children physically sound, spiritually mature, and comprehensively sophisticated personalities willing and capable of competing on equal footing with their fellows from advanced nations. In a word, we have been making our every effort to secure our model as a truly reliable foundation for our people, for the native Uzbekistan, and as a decisive force on our way toward the ends we are heading to.
My dear children!
Supported wholeheartedly by our entire people, the gracious slogan “We are second to no one and will never be so!” gives spiritual strength and confidence in our future and urges every one of us to live with love for our marvelous and exceptional Motherland, to admire and take pride in Uzbekistan.
As you know well, it was these very Universiade games that served as the so-called take-off runway for such winners and prize holders of the most prestigious international competitions as Rishod Sobirov, Abbos Atoev, Rustam Kasimjanov, Akgul Amanmuradova, Svetlana Radzivil, Sevara Kadirova, Denis Istomin, Saida Iskanderova, Vadim Menkov, Dilshod Mansurov, who are the pride of the Uzbek sports today. We wish you all to become followers and successors of these renowned masters of sports and raise the flag of the native Uzbekistan just as high in the world sports arenas in the future.
I feel convinced that the Universiade-2013 contests will be held in an atmosphere of integrity, audacity and mutual respect, characteristic to our people, and that the spirit of our great ancestors, who made the ancient Bukhara legendary for the whole world, will undoubtedly afford you new valor and energy.
I will take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude on behalf of myself and our entire nation to the builders and engineers, public and social and sponsor organizations, the hardworking and hospitable people of Bukhara, and all those who have constructed such beautiful and modern sports facilities for us.
My dear sons and daughters!
By hugging you all, I wish you a robust health, happiness, the best of luck and new triumphs!
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan