Russia announce largest-ever Paralympic team for Sochi Games

Moscow, Jan 29: The Russian team for the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games is going to be the largest ever, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Wednesday.

According to the minister, the team consists of 195 people, including 78 athletes and 117 coaches.

“Hope the preparation stage has gone well and we may hope for a successful performance,” Mutko told reporters.

In Sochi, there will be twice as many Russian Paralympians as there were in Vancouver Games. In the Canadian city four years ago Russian Paralympics team finished second only to Germany, winning 12 gold medals.

Mutko did not set medal aims for Russian Paralympians, saying it would be a wrong idea.

“In recent years, we are leading in many sports, but the competition is very high and the struggle for medals will be serious,” he said.

The 11th Winter Paralympic Games will be held March 7-16.

IANS