The Torch Relay was met by Iturup residents today. 11 torchbearers carried the Flame through the main streets of Kurilsk.

Residents were looking forward to the event. The municipality administration helped to create the appropriate mood performances of creative teams before the start and congratulatory speeches from the mayor.

— We are pleased to welcome the Flame of the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games in Kurilsk. We have become a part of a major sport event, which is held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. There are good conditions for sports and a healthy lifestyle in Kuril district. We have athletes we are proud of. We will do everything for our children to take an active part in volunteer work and in the sports competitions of Children of Asia Games, — said Mr. Vadim ROKOTOV, the Mayor.

To pass the distance — 1600 m, 11 torchbearers were selected. They are veterans, activists, athletes, and teachers. They are all, who glorify Kurilsk. Ms. Olesya SARYCHEVA, the gym and life safety schoolteacher in the village of Reydovo, was repeatedly awarded Certificates of Merit, won the regional competition of professional skill «My Best Lesson», and has won the district stage of the competition «Teacher of the Year 2015″.

— Our district is very sporty. More and more children and adults have been involved in sports recently. First of all, holding such competitions is necessary for our children. They should see that doing sports they can achieve good results. All in all, to be on the top you need to do all your best, — said Ms. Olesya SARYCHEVA.

For the first time Mr. SUBBOTIN and his daughter became torchbearers in the Torch Relay. The family has long lived in Iturup and makes an invaluable contribution to the development of the district. Mr. Vasily SUBBOTIN works as an assistant of division commander in physical training. He is a Master of Sports in cross-country skiing, participant and winner of numerous competitions. His daughter studies at school, has won lots of municipal competitions and sport festivals. It has a Golden insignia of the all-Russian sports complex “Ready for Labor and Defense”. She has only excellent marks.

— We are glad that we managed to participate in the Relay of the Games. We will remember this event for a long time. This is an honorable and responsible mission,» — said the family.

The torch relay of the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games has already visited Kunashir and Shikotan. Next stop — Paramushir — the North Kuril Islands. The Relay will start its procession on Sakhalin on January 18. The first city will be Okha, and from there to other districts