Number of Muscovites Playing Sports Doubled in Past Six Years – Report

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The number of Muscovites leading an active lifestyle has nearly doubled over the past six years, TASS reported, quoting Nikolai Gulyaev, head of the Sports and Tourism Department of the Russian capital.

“About four million Muscovites, including 46,000 disabled people, are regularly engaged in sports,” the official said.

He stressed that almost 2.5 million residents took part in athletic events in 2016 and the “Ready for Work and Defence” complex played an important role in promoting a sporty lifestyle among the capital's residents.

An integrated approach to the development of the urban sports infrastructure is also a reason for growing interest in an active lifestyle, according to Gulyaev.

Compared to 2010, the number of outdoor sports facilities in Moscow increased from 1,950 to 6,824 while 327 workout sites were built and the number of ski runs, cross-country and bicycle paths increased.

There are currently almost 20,000 sports facilities in Moscow.