Moscow supports equal rights

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A group of Sochi 2014 volunteers supported the III Festival of Equal Opportunities in Sport Schools' Day, which took place on 5 March 2011 in Moscow.

Over 250 children and teenagers, studying at general and specialised educational institutions in the Moscow Region joined the festival and took part. The Festival was organised by the Edinaya Strana (United Country) Foundation for the support of people with a disability, which was established by Paralympic Games champions and medal winners. The aim of the Festival is to eliminate barriers in communication between children living with and without disabilities by increasing the awareness and popularity of Paralympic sports, and helping to create barrier free school environments. The Sochi 2014 volunteers taking part in the Festival are part of the team which will work at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Among of the range of skills the volunteers will gain by working with Paralympic athletes, they will receive a strong base knowledge of Paralympic sport and the Paralympic Movement. The Festival programme included a presentation of Paralympic sports, sports games and competitions for children, master classes and 'The Equal Opportunities Relay Race' where both guests and athletes with a disability were invited to participate. The Festival also included a photo exhibition 'Win by overcoming your difficulties', which celebrates the achievements of the Russian Paralympic Team at the X Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

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