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The game in the new format

Sakhalin hunters invest in children's and mass sports

The future of sport on the wreckage of the Soviet past: the training center "Vostok" rebuilt at the site of an abandoned pioneer camp in 90 in just a couple of years. On the outskirts of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk appeared basketball and ice arenas, a training field, a hostel for staff, a swimming pool and a sauna. Residential buildings and the building of the dining room, once inherited by a bonus to the land plot, were not demolished by the resident of the TOR “Mountain Air” LLC “Olimp”. The buildings were modernized in accordance with sanitary-epidemiological norms and opened 130 modern hotel-type rooms for 280 people. By area, the sports complex took 10 000 square. m, four buildings - 6400 square. m, dining room - 2000 square. m, secondary school - 2500 square. m. Communications fully updated.

The game in the new format
Photo: Photo courtesy of Olimp Ltd.
“There was not enough electricity at the facility, we signed an agreement with a local company, added one power line, built a power transmission line, built our own boiler house,” says Pavel Pashov, deputy general director of Olimp LLC. - The territory has its own water intake with wells, there is excellent water that has passed all the checks. In parallel with the reconstruction and repair of existing buildings, a sports complex was erected. Now it is completed, the territory is fenced, landscaping has been carried out. We are already registering the property. And by the fall of 2019, we plan to complete the construction of a comprehensive school.

The sports complex is being built entirely at the expense of private investors - the fishing companies of Sakhalin: PRK, KUK, Moneron, Aquamarine, Sevrybflot, STK and Pristan, united in the regional charitable foundation Rodnye Ostrov. They invested more than 2,5 billion rubles in the project, of which 255 million rubles - in 2018, another 1,83 billion rubles - in 2017.
In "Olympus" they say: of the TOP preferences, the most demanded benefits were on payments to social funds.

- We employ more than 100 people, and we provide salaries above the regional average. While the test period, we use the state at the facility to a minimum. When the complex switches to year-round operation, up to 130–150 people will be needed: engineers, maids, administrators, cooks, firemen will be invited from among the local residents. But sports coaches, teachers and teachers will have to be attracted to the school from outside - with these professions in the field of personnel deficit, - says the deputy head of LLC "Olymp".

According to Pavel Pashov, the company is greatly helped by the reduced property tax:
- We have large structures, and considerable investments have been made in them, respectively, tax and property relief give us a certain freedom and savings for as long as 10 years. It is this benefit that gives us the status of a resident of the TOP under an agreement on investment activities with the Corporation for the Development of the Far East.

TOP "Mountain Air" is gradually becoming a sports area, which attracts with the ski complex of the same name and other events.

“Olimp sets itself the task of not just inviting children to sections where they will work out for a while and leave, but to create a new format of active recreation on Sakhalin. We are for massive game and Olympic sports. For the inhabitants of the island, for example, hockey is a cult. In the modern world, it has ceased to depend on weather conditions; everything takes place in covered rooms. And it so happened that hockey is very popular among young Sakhalin residents. We have a lot of children's teams, in February there are hockey competitions as part of the First Winter International Sports Games "Children of Asia". For example, we provided the ice arena for training, and it is already available all year round.

Among other things, the Vostok training center is a sponsor of the Vostok-65 professional basketball club, which plays in the Russian Super League (outside the island the team is called Sakhalin).

The first private sports boarding school on the island will operate in boarding and half board mode. Children will learn and practice while at school from morning to evening, or Monday to Friday, as parents choose. The future stars of football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, hockey, figure skating and martial arts will be raised here.

- Every child will be able to develop as an athlete and reach professional heights without going to large metropolitan centers, as was required before. Having embarked on the path of sports achievements on the territory of our center, where there is modern equipment, having received education and experience, he will be able to get hardened, form and play in professional teams, playing for his own. And parents and Sakhalin residents root for their fellow countrymen, and not for the team with invited players, - concludes Pavel Pashov.

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