MOSCOW, November 19 (R-Sport) - Russian figure skating star Evgeni Plushenko has been awarded a medal for promoting fitness, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told R-Sport on Monday.
The Ozerov Medal is given to Russian citizens for “advocacy of physical culture and sports," and previous recipients include record-breaking pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.
“All of his life Zhenya [Plushenko] has been demonstrating a commitment to sports and he really does a lot to promote figure skating and sports in general, so we could not hold back, and I made the decision to award him the medal,” Mutko said.
The minister suggested Plushenko's 30th birthday last month had played a role in the decision to give him the award.
“Zhenya has recently celebrated his birthday, he is an outstanding athlete, and there is a medal at the Sports Ministry which is given to athletes for outstanding contribution to sports development, promotion of sports."
Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic champion and a seven-time European champion, also received a trophy “for outstanding performances" at the Internationale Sportnacht event in Davos earlier this month.
The Ozerov Medal is named in honor of Nikolai Ozerov, a famous Soviet sports commentator who died in 1997.
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