I am delighted to pass on my best wishes on the occasion of the 10th KHL International Kids’ Hockey Tournament, the Gazprom Neft Cup. It is gratifying that its 10th anniversary sees the Gazprom Neft Cup international kids’ tournament on an ever upward trajectory, recognised – quite rightly – as the most important and best-known event in Europe. Competitions such as yours, bringing together a large number of young people from different countries, play a major role in the development of children’s and youth sport, and in promoting physical education for everyone, engaging the younger generation in the benefits of active and healthy lifestyles, and engendering a healthy respect for honest competition. And, of course, strengthening friendships and informal contacts for young people.
I have every confidence that this year’s tournament will prove an outstanding event for everyone taking part, leaving each of you with brilliant and unforgettable experiences. I hope you have many interesting encounters, and wish you every success and the very best of luck.