Hello, Uni!July 06
Uni the snow leopard kittens greet first spectators before the Opening Ceremony.
Yest again the capital of Tatarstan is getting ready to host a major judo competition. After successfully staging the 2011 Russian Judo Championships and 27th Summer Universiade 2013, Kazan is preparing to welcome the Russian Judo U18 Championships. The tournament will take place at the Ak Bars Wrestling Palace between February 12 and 15 and be dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Over 1,000 judokas and officials from 70 regions of the Russian Federation will come to Kazan for the event.
On December 26, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan Vladimir Leonov met with staff members of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects and handed them commemorative medals of the Russian Federation celebrating the success of the 27th Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan. Shortly before the medal presentation ceremony, the Minister, who served as the head of the Directorate in the build-up to and during the Universiade, addressed the audience with a short speech.
The International FICTS Festival awards ceremony took place in Milan (ITA) on December 8. The Universiade documentary took a trophy in the Olympic Values category, beating out two other Russian documentaries: 'Flame that Warms Our Hearts' about the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay and 'Pair Number One. More Than Love' about the success story of Olympic figure skating champions Volosozhar/Trankov.
A documentary about the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, 'U are the World', is nominated for the main prize of the Sport Movies & TV 2014 – 32nd International FICTS Festival that is held these days, December 3-8, in Milan (ITA). Screening of the film took place the night before and results of the Festival will be announced during the closing ceremony tomorrow.
The concept of the Kazan 2019 WorldSkills Competition, which is expected to provide the basis for the bid book, was presented during the World Skills Russia Agency for the Development of Professional Communities and Labour Force General Assembly in St. Petersburg between November 27 and 29. Deputy Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Farid Abdulganiev, delivered a report on the work done in Tatarstan in this direction. The General Assembly participants welcomed Kazan's initiative to host the 2019 event and gathered signatures in support of this initiative.
The Universiade in Kazan was a record-setter in just about everything. There was a record number of participants (11,778 athletes), countries represented (160), sports (27), medals events (351), guests and tourists at the Games (more than 150,000 people), spectators (roughly 800,000 people) and TV spectators (more than 3 billion people).