By Duncan Mackay

Russia Paralympics Opening Ceremony London 2012March 31 - Russia is planning to open a new $81 million (£53 million/€63 million) state-of-the-art Paralympic training centre for the in Ufa, it has been announced.

The Paralympic Sports Centre will boast an athletics stadium, swimming pool and fencing hall.

"The Centre will include several modern buildings," the City Government said in a statement on its website.

"In one of them, there will be a demonstration centre with a big show room for 1,500 spectators that will be divided into four parts with movable partitions for competitions in different sports."

The complex will also hold medical facilities and a hotel capable of housing 200 people.

Ufa, which began as a fortress built on the orders of Ivan the Terrible nearly 450 years ago, is located in Republic of Bashkortostan, which has a record of pioneering disabled sport in Russia and contains the first centre in the country specially designed for Paralympic athletes, which opened in 2011.

Fedor Trikolich of Russia celebrates winning gold in the Mens 100m - T12 FinalRussia's Fedor Trikolich celebrates winning gold in the T12 men's 100m at London 2012

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said last summer that similar facilities would be built in all 83 regions of the Russian Federation as part of the legacy of Sochi 2014, which will be the first occasion on which the country has hosted the Winter or Summer Paralympics. 

Russia made its debut in the Summer Paralympics at Altanta in 1996, where they finished 16th overall with a total of 27 medals, including nine gold. 

By London 2012 they had risen to second behind China with a total of 102 medals, 36 of them gold.

In the Winter Games they made their debut at Lillehammer in 1994, finishing fifth with 30 medals, ten of them gold.

Their best performance was at Turin in 2006 when they finished top with 33 medals, 13 of them gold.

At Vancouver in 2010 they slipped to second behind Germany, even though they won 38 medals, 12 of them gold.

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