Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ President Ts.Elbegdorj received national bandy team who won a bronze medal from World Bandy Championships on February 3, Friday to commend their success. The team won Mongolia’s first medal in team sport from a world championship in adult category.
The players expressed during the meeting that the first outcome of Mongolian President’s decree to promote team sport has thus been achieved on the ice field. Despite of financial difficulties, the team put all their efforts into winning.
President Ts.Elbegdorj said, “I am meeting you today to congratulate your success. Team sport must develop in Mongolia, and Government must support it”. “It was a great news for Mongolians when reports surfaced that national bandy team had won a bronze medal. I think, this example set by your team will help people pay attention to team sport, and will call for young aspiring athletes to double their efforts”. The President wished the team best of luck in their upcoming competition. At the end of the meeting, the athletes presented the President a hockey jersey and racket.
It was revealed by A.Mergen, coach of Mongolian national bandy and hockey team that the bronze-medal winning team left Mongolia by road to participate in the championships due to financial difficulties. Mongolian bandy team of 23 people traveled more than 1000 km distance by cars to Russian city Irkutsk from where they took a flight to Sweden where the championships took place on January 24-29.
Fortunately, their adventurous journey resulted in the triumph of attaining a historic success for Mongolian team sport scene.