The oldest institution of physical education in the world!
Lesgaft National State University of Physical Education, Sport and Health is the oldest institution of physical education in the world. It was founded in 1896 by the prominent scientist Pyotr Lesgaft. From the very first years of existence the University was one of few centers of scientifical, cultural and political life of Russia. Academicians Pavlov, Ioffe, Uchtomsky, Tarle gave lectures here.
To date the list of famous sportsmen who graduated from Lesgaft University, twofold and threefold Olympic champions amounts to over 100 persons. A short time ago a member of Saint Petersburg Government, the chairman of Saint Petersburg Committee on hysical Culture and Sport, a graduate of Lesgaft National State University of Physical Education, Sport and Health, Yury Avdeev handed over to Olympic champion A. Krasnov, who went as a part of Russian delegation to Brasil, a greeting for members of Russian National Team on behalf of Saint Petersburg governor Georgy Poltavchenko and the Petersburg’s flag.
“Sport of the highest achievements plays an important role in the life of the City-upon-Neva. Today 66 champions of various Olympic Games live in the Northern Capital. Leningrad-Petersburg has given 115 Olympic champions who have won over 139 golden medals. Not every country can top this result of the city. It is absolutely evident that the flag of the City-upon-Neva should be in the Olympic Games capital in Rio” noted Yury Avdeev.
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