Today, at the St. Petersburg
International Economic Forum, Kazan was announced as the host city of a new
technological sports event Games of Future, which will take place in February
2024. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Kaluga and the federal territory “Sirius” took
part in the bidding campaign of the large-scale international competitions.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy
Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Chair of the Bidding Committee of the
Games of Future, Oleg Matytsin, Minister of Sports, Igor Stolyarov, CEO of the
Games of Future, as well as the representatives of the regions that competed
for the right to host the Games attended the announcing ceremony.
“It is a great honor
for us to become a host city of a new format of sports competitions that mark
the unity of the real and the virtual worlds. I want to thank everyone who supported
and voted for us! Kazan has a huge experience in hosting major international
sports competitions. We have a friendly and experienced organizational team,
excellent infrastructure and a powerful team of volunteers. The main resource
is our hardworking and hospitable residents of Kazan, who love and know how to welcome
guests. We will do our best to make the Games of Future an unforgettable event
in the world of sports and a new digital golden page in the history of our country”,
- said Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan, at the ceremony of announcing the host
Games of Future are new
international competitions in 15 hybrid disciplines. Each of them combines the
phygital concept (physical + digital), unity of classic sports and e-sports or
VR/ AR technology.
The bidding campaign
started in November 2021. Forty regions showed interest in the project, half of
them competed for the right to host this event. The shortlist included Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Kazan, Kaluga and the federal territory “Sirius”. The working
group on the preparation of the Games of Future conducted inspection visits,
during which it assessed sports and hotel infrastructure, competition venues,
as well as the readiness of cities to provide all necessary services for
participants and guests of the competition according to 200 criteria.
More than 5,000
participants will take part in the Games of Future. It is expected that up to
150 million people worldwide will watch the cyber-contest online.
The main sports
venues for the Games in Kazan will be the Kazan Expo, the Basket Hall, the
Sports Palace, the Forsazh karting center, the Pyramid complex. The opening and
closing ceremonies of the Games will take place at the Tatneft Arena.
of the city, as well as the Universiade Village, will be used for accommodation
of participants and guests of the competitions.
Kazan has hosted many
major international competitions, such as the 2013 Universiade, 2015 FINA World
Championships, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as the Worldskills Championships
Since 2013, more than
120 sports events of international, federal and republican levels have been
held in Kazan, in which more than 70 thousand volunteers were involved.