27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Aleksey Sechenov: The Universiade Closing Ceremony is like prom

The Closing Ceremony of the Kazan Universiade will recall graduation prom which is usually held in schools, said the artistic director of the Universiade Opening and Closing Ceremonies Aleksey Sechenov.


The solemn Closing Ceremony of the 2013 Summer Universiade will take place on Wednesday evening in the capital of Tatarstan on the Kazan Arena Stadium.  The start is at 22:00 Moscow time.  “The Closing Ceremony will recall a large prom, complete with a dance, like graduation night.  Everyone is expecting it, ladies are thinking – ‘I’d like to dance with that guy.’  It'll be a graduation night, filled with memories, kisses and hugs for everyone,” Sechenov told the journalists.  “Take some breath-freshener with you to the Closing Ceremony.  The whole stadium is going to be kissing today,” added the Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin.  “When you explain yourselves to your husbands and wives, tell them that it’s nothing personal, but that the organizers set it up that way.”  According to Sechenov, the main idea of the Closing Ceremony is the attempt to recall every day of the competition. “The main thing is to recall these ten days.  This is the point of the ceremony, so that these days should live on as memories for the rest of one’s life.  It’s a colossal task.  It’s extremely important that these ten days spent in Kazan make an impact on the whole world.  This memory will ripple through many countries.  However much we might not like it, today we are putting out the (Universiade) Flame," Sechenov remarked.  The Executive Director of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Universiade, Igor Sivov, added that the ceremony will “tug at the heartstrings” of those who attended the competitions.  “I think that today we are going to weep the good tears of joy,” summed up Slivov to the R-Sport agency.


R-Sport, July 17