Francesco Ricci Bitti receives a letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin from his envoy Shamil Tarpischev
Russian President Vladimir Putin has written to the ITF to congratulate the organisation on its centenary. ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti received the letter from Mr Putin’s envoy, Russia Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev, at the ITF headquarters in London on Wednesday 6 March 2013. Russia is one of the 15 founding nations of the ITF and was present at the ITF’s first meeting on 1 March 1913 in Paris.
The letter reads:
Dear Mr President
Please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of the centenary of the International Tennis Federation.
Russia is one of the 15 founding countries of the Federation and recognises the historical importance of its centenary. In the years that have passed, this reputable and influential organisation has made a considerable contribution to the promotion of tennis in the world, of the values of physical culture and the healthy lifestyle, and to the international cooperation in sports.
Today, the ITF unites 210 national federations and is by right one of the major international sports associations. Thanks largely to its multi-sided and fruitful work, tennis is extremely popular, and millions of people, both professionals and amateurs, play it. Your work aimed at promoting high performance sports, strengthening Olympic traditions, ideals and values, and engaging young people deserves a lot of credit.
I wholeheartedly wish you, Mr President, future achievements and success. May the International Tennis Federation thrive.