Mayor of Kazan: Organization of Universiade is great honor for Kazan
Results of FISU executive committee members’ voting for the capital of the Universiade-2013 were announced in Brussels on May 31. Kazan won leading with 20 votes out of 27.
“For the first time in its 1000-year-old history, Kazan will host the whole world during the Universiade. We have received the right to organize such a large-scale event, now we should aim at large-scale constructive work,” the city mayor said.
According to his words, the Universiade in Bangkok received delegations from 170 countries and 12000 participants. Kazan will receive at least the same number, and most likely more guests. It’s worth mentioning that 60 per cent of Russian sportsmen who are participating in Beijing Olympics this year are students.
Ilsur Metshin shared his impressions about the moment when FISU President George Killian was opening the envelope to announce the winner city. “It seemed he was opening the envelope for ages. When I heard the long-awaited word ‘Kazan’, I had no strength to be pleased,” the mayor said.
According to his words, the fact that Russian delegation’s presentation was in English made a positive impression on the commission. What concerns Korea’s delegation, only one speech-maker made a report in English.
Olympic champions Maria Kiselyova, Alina Kabaeva, Irina Rodnina, Nikolay Gulyaev, Ilgar Mamedov came to Brussels to render moral support. Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government Alexander Zhukov represented federal authorities.
After Kazan was announced as the winner of the bid, Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin congratulated Tatarstan President on the victory by phone. They indicated that organization of the Universiade in Kazan is a general rehearsal of the winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
13 sports are included in the program of the summer Universiade: track-and-field, football, basketball, sport gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, fencing, swimming, water polo, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, diving and judo. Hosts of the Universiade have a right to add three more sports in the program. National wrestling ‘kuresh’ may enter the program of the world students games.
48 sport facilities will be used during organization of the Universiade-2013 in Kazan. Central Stadium, Basket-Hall, Field Hockey Center, Tatneft-Arena, Wrestling Palace and other centers will host sport competitions. The Universiade-2013 budget makes up 604 million euros. Tatar-inform, Sergei Semerkin