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Athletes at the reception “Friends of professional sport ” , organized by the four-time Olympic champion in gymnastics Alexei Nemov , spoke about the charity and shared expectations for the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi.

Guests of honor at the event were members of the Academy of Laureus: German tennis player Boris Becker, a New Zealand rugby player Sean Fitzpatrick, president of the Olympic Committee of Russia Alexander Zhukov, nine-time Olympic champion Larisa Latynina and many others. Money raised at the gala will go to charity .

“I would like to focus attention on children from children’s homes. I can not watch without tears for little kids without parents. I think in the near future ‘ll do it ,” – admitted the Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Alla Shishkin.

These events, which are connected to the high life and sport are important and useful . It said on the evening of Zhukov .

“I want to point out that the athletes who for some reason , many in the community are machines for winning medals in the first place , wonderful people . And such events , where it joins the high life and the sport is very important and useful . More such events the more we will know the athletes , and the better they will perform , “- said Zhukov during the official part of the ceremony.

Nemov one of 46 athletes who are in the Academy of Laureus. Also, its members are Sergey Bubka , Franz Beckenbauer , Bobby Charlton .