World Skating Ambassador: Foreigners were afraid to travel to Moscow, but we managed to debunk the myths about Russia 20:21

President of the Russian Skateboarding Federation and Ambassador of the International Federation of This Sports (World Skating) Ilya Vdovin, in an interview with, talked about how 200 foreign athletes participating in the Moscow Grand Skate Tour tournament changed their views on Russia. .

“It was surprising for foreigners to come to Moscow, find out what the city is really like, and dispel some of the stereotypes that many people have when they arrive in Moscow. I’ll be honest: Some initially accepted our invitation with caution, but when they arrived, they broadcast everything that was happening here – morning, afternoon, evening, night.

The audience saw how their local heroes communicated in Moscow with other local heroes from around the world, and this allowed us to debunk many myths that exist in the world about Russia, Russians and our capital,” said Vdovin.

The President of the Russian Skateboarding Federation said that within the scope of the Grand Skate Tour cultural program, foreign athletes were able to build a skate park with their own hands in Kosino, and in their free time they explored Moscow and performed games on the streets and streets. Near famous monuments on Arbat, Okhotny Ryad, Oktyabrskaya, Belorusskaya and Poklonnaya Gora.

“We gave them freedom: Where do you want to go? Do you want to go to Tretyakov Gallery, Gorky Park, Sanduny? Let’s go. We managed to show children Moscow in all its diversity. And Moscow has something to show and be proud of,” Vdovin said.

Previously, the World Skate Ambassador was a foreigner ranked in the top 10 in the world rankings. He wants to join the Russian national team.

Source: Gazeta


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