Russian President Dmitry Medvedev presented today the highest state awards of the Republic of Russia at a ceremony held at his Presidential Residence in Gorki, outside Moscow, Russia.
The Russian President gave the Order of Friendship award to the President of the International Weightlifting Federation Dr Tamas Ajan “for his contribution to strengthening the cooperation in the field of physical culture and sports with the Russian Federation”.
At the same time, the IOC President Jacques Rogge, Lamine Diack, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) were awarded with the Order of Friendship by President Medvedev.
At the ceremony a total of about 150 members of the Russian national teams who participated in the 2011 world championships in various sports were present, including the weightlifting world champions and the President of the Russian Weightlifting Federation Sergey Syrtsov.
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