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The President of the Republic visited Lääne-Viru County

President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs. Ingrid Rüütel today, during a visit to Lääne-Viru, visited Väike-Maarja and Kunda. During the visit, the presidential couple was accompanied by Lääne-Viru County Governor Urmas Tamm.

In Väike-Maarja community centre, the ceremony of signing an agreement of mutual intentions between the Estonian Olympic Committee and Lääne-Viru County took place. In his address delivered at the ceremony, President Rüütel said that with the help of fitness sports we all could take care of our health and wellbeing even better than the doctors could.

After that, a ceremony of cornerstone laying of a sports hall at Väike-Maarja Gymnasium took place. Chairman of the Riigikogu Toomas Varek, Minister of Culture Raivo Palmaru, Lääne-Viru County Governor Urmas Tamm, Väike-Maarja rural municipality governor Olev Liblikmann, and Chairman of Väike-Maarja rural municipality council Hans Kruusamägi represented the state and local government at the ceremony.

President Arnold Rüütel visited Lääne-Viru Countyand opened a fitness path - the Lurich path.Life and activities of Georg Lurich, a wrestler who was born at Väike-Maarja was reminisced at his memorial stone in connection with his 130th birth anniversary, and a local quiz dedicated to Lurich was concluded. President of the Estonian Olympic Committee Mart Siimann opened the 8th Georg Kange wrestling competition, and lit a torch of Olympic Games of Väike-Maarja Gymnasium, which will take place on April 24. Sports coach Riho Rannikmaa forwarded greetings from his pupil sumo wrestler Kaido Höövelson, known by the name Baruto, who was also born at Väike-Maarja.

After that, President Rüütel opened a fitness path - the Lurich path. President and Mrs Rüütel took part in a 3.5 km Nordic walk to Ebavere. They also visited the Väike-Maarja Museum, where the director of the museum Ene-Riina Ruubel introduced an interesting exposition about Georg Lurich.

Director-General of the Rescue Board Mati Raidma and Margus Möldri, director of the school introduced to the Head of State the activities of Väike-Maarja Rescue School of the Estonian Public Service Academy’s Rescue College. After that, they inspected the training field of the school, which is among the best training fields of that kind in Europe.

At Kunda, the presidential couple visited recently completed AS Estonian Cell, an aspen based pulp mill, where the activities of the enterprise were introduced by Production Manager Lauri Raid and Financial Manager Riia Ratrak. The visit to Lääne-Viru County ended with a dinner in Altja Tavern.

Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, April 22, 2006

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