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Sakhalin-1 project opens up new possibilities for young athletes

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, April 21, 2016 – Exxon Neftegas Limited and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Policy of the Sakhalin Oblast Government signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the development and support of amateur sports.

Based on the Memorandum, the parties will coordinate efforts to create an environment in Sakhalin Oblast for engaging youth in regular sports activities and healthy lifestyle. 2016 sports projects are expected to absorb over 7 million rubles.

The signing ceremony was attended by Anton Zaytsev, Minister of Sports and Youth Policy, Margarita Tsoy, Vice-President of Exxon Neftegas Limited, Andrei Yakovlev, Director of the Children and Youth Specialized Sports School of Olympic Reserve for Winter Sports, Aleksey Zhizhikin, head coach of the Sakhalin Regional Non-Governmental Organization Track and Field Federation, Alexei Abakumov, Chairman of the Sakhalin Regional Soccer Federation, and Sergey Meleshkov, Director General of Sakhalin Sharks Hockey Team.

Sports projects that found support in 2016 include:

The Skis in School project that provides for upgrade of sports gear and equipment for the preparation of cross-country skiing runs;

  • Track and field athletics competition for children;
  • The Leather Ball soccer tournament in Sakhalin;
  • Hockey master class for young hockey players to be held by a world class coach;
  • Construction of a hockey rink in Nekrasovka village of Okha District.

The Ministry of Sports and Youth Policy will support implementation of the above listed projects.

For many years Exxon Neftegas Limited has been sponsoring sports projects aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle. Particularly, the company shared construction costs of a sports stadium in Nogliki, sponsored ski tournament in Okha, is a permanent sponsor of Sakhalin Leather Ball soccer competition and track and field sports events, sponsored a master class for young Sakhalin hockey players with Maxim Velikov, an International Master of Sports, a two-time champion of Russia and a two-time winner of Gagarin Cup, and implemented other multiple projects promoting sports in Sakhalin Oblast.