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Sportsman’s Day in Russia

Sportsman’s Day celebrated in Russia on the second Saturday of August on the basis of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR № 3018-X “On holidays and memorial days” of October 1, 1980, as amended by the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR № 9724-XI On Amendments to the legislation of the USSR on holidays and memorial days” from 1 November 1988.

This holiday is widespread in the 20-30-ies of the 20th century, in the first decades of Soviet rule, when the communist propagandists have introduced the slogan: “In a healthy body – healthy mind”.

April 18, 1923 was established Moscow Proletarian Sports Society “Dinamo”. The Company was established by a group of employees and military personnel of the OGPU and was created as an organization that provides an opportunity to exercise security officers and law enforcement.

April 19, 1935 SNK was established All-Union cooperative union-voluntary sports society “Spartak”, which played a significant role in the history of Soviet sport.

Athletes have become one of the most popular people in the country. No festive demonstration passed without the participation of gymnasts, football players and other members of the sports fraternity. The universities and institutes began to open physical training faculties, and later entire schools train future athletes.

It was then that the authorities realized that a healthy nation can not exist without a wide communion in physical education and professions related to sports and physical education, have become popular and in demand. And in almost all the schools operated sports clubs and clubs.

Physical culture is understood as a sphere of social activity aimed at maintaining and promoting human health, the development of his mental and physical abilities to healthy longevity. A strengthening health, physical education and sport improve and develop not only the body but also the spirit, bring perseverance, discipline, courage, will harden. Therefore, the value of physical culture and sports in society can hardly be overestimated.

Today is the professional holiday of their sporty feel all the coaches, physical education teachers, athletes and fans of physical culture. And the festival is still widely celebrated in our country. In many Russian cities are all kinds of sporting events and festivals.