Putin Calls For State-Run Swimming Lessons Program Within Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the nation’s government to install a new universal swimming lesson program aimed at teaching children what he calls ‘a basic life-supporting skill’. (Rsport)

The program will be created down to the state level, in conjunction with the All-Russian Swimming Federation, with the possibility of using modular and mobile pools as a means to fulfill the objective.

Targets for the number of children, the structure of the program, as well as financing are still outstanding; however, Putin wants formal approval on the program by June 30th of 2022.

Russia ranks as the 57th nation on the list of drowning deaths, owning a total of 5.8 per 100,000. The United States ranks as 140th, for perspective, with 1.42 drownings per 100,000 constitutions.

According to various past media reports, 69-year-old Putin swims regularly for fitness, along with running and weightlifting.

The directive comes after September’s decree along the same vein by the Russian government, which approved a new physical culture and sports program nationwide. Aimed at becoming effective January 1, 2022, the program is ‘aimed at achieving the national development goal of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2030’.

The state program can be found on the official website of the Ministry of Sports of Russia in the section “Activities”.


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cynthia curran
1 year ago

Putin needs a Russian saint Icon for this. All the orthodox Christians practic icons are very important. In fact they had an argument over a 1,000 years ago in the Byzantine empire from the 700[s to 900 over icons, The word iconlasm describes this period and of course the icons won big since the Orthodox are into pictures represent religious beliefs more than protestants or even Catholics.

1 year ago

At the age of 7 I and all my classmates decided to go to the nearby swimming club “Dinamo”. Practically all of us were rejected. The reason – too old. A few of who left were required to come with parents next time. I think it was a genetic test. Only one boy of our group of 30 was accepted.
All this happened in the country of developed socialism (USSR).
I don’t believe in this recent initiative of Russian Government. Even if they put some money into this program it will never come to those who are actually working with children. It is long way from the top to the bottom and money will disappear in the pockets… Read more »

Corn Pop
1 year ago

Communists had Children’s Palaces where all sports were taught. Kids just went there after school & in summer they ALL went off in trains to Pioneer Camp& cities had like no kids .

Socialists just dream .

Last edited 1 year ago by Corn Pop
Just give the trophy to the condors already
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Reply to  Kachow
1 year ago

Exactly, stuck clock and all that.

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