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Disabled athletes returning from Paralympic games in London with medals, going to reward just as the Olympians. Only instead of the award «Audi» Paralympians promised cash compensation - after all, many winners there is simply no physical possibility of control of the vehicle. Five months later, still not having received the promised money for the car, the heroes of the Games in London sure that we just forgot about them.
In the Sverdlovsk region there are two athlete, who won the silver medals at the Paralympic games in London. This пауэлифтер Olesya Лафина and three-time champion of the previous games in the runner Artem Arefiev.
Artem has severe diagnosis - infantile cerebral paralysis. Doctors do not recommend him to engage in professional sports. People say that running is too much of a load on his nervous system. But he still each day goes running. Paralympic medalist of the 33-year-old Olesya Lafina - a tiny girl, «Thumbelina» - it raises the bar in 120 kilograms with the growth of 131 centimeter.
And for Artyom, and for Olesya Paralympic games are not only the joy of victory and triumph of the will, it is the opportunity to live with dignity: do not be dependent feel normal for a person, who himself can provide.
Correspondent of «Komsomolskaya Pravda» talking with Artem back in the fall, and he openly talked about their experiences.
- Prize-payment - this is the only serious money that we earn in a lifetime. You see, we, the disabled, do not take the job. By education I'm a programmer, read a lot. But I'm not very clean speech. What type of worker? With bitterness he said. - So I'll run, as long as I can. This is my only bread.
After the Paralympic games athletes with disabilities, celebrated as well as the Olympians. And the reward promised the same way. Only instead of the new «Audi» promised cash compensation in 1 million 700 thousand roubles.
After Olympic Games in London five months later, the noise around the names of the winners. Athletes have long got the promised prize-winning machine. A Paralympic athlete and have not seen the compensation.
- No money instead of cars Paralympic sportsmen have not received, - the trainer sighs Olesya Lafina Svetlana Paltseva. - No Olesya, nor Artem. No other athletes with disabilities throughout Russia. And when that happens, no one knows.
- A prize of payment, which you promised the Governor of the Sverdlovsk region? Got them?
- Yes. The Governor Kuyvashev very fond of athletes. We feel this. Reveal a little secret: on the initiative of the Eugeny Vladimirovich we received even more than we promised. And Federal payments, too, all have received. And that's about the car and compensation as if forgotten. We do not even know with whom to talk to, who to contact - all throw up their hands.
- Payments to athletes will begin in the near future, " said KP press-Secretary of the Russian Paralympic Committee, Marina Glazyrina. - All policy decisions are taken. To repay the money will Fund of support of Olympians.
"The fact is that the Paralympic sportsmen live in different cities, " explains the reasons for the delay, the Executive Director of Fund of support of Olympians Alexander Katushev. "And to transfer them money, it is necessary to conclude with each sportsman of the contract. We had a problem with the delivery of these treaties in the regions. In addition, we carefully examine all the details in the accounts, which pointed us guys. But now everything is in order. Tell you more - payment has already begun! Until the end of February settled with everyone.
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