27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Universiade huge experience for Russia's television world, says Kazan 2013 host broadcaster

The University Sambo World Cup, a test event for the 27th Summer Universiade 2013, was held in Kazan from November 30 to December 2. This sporting event allowed to test the majority of functions that will be engaged in the World University Games in order to develop smooth interaction between departments of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate and contractors. One of them is ANO Sports Broadcasting whose task in July 2013 will be to provide broadcasting of the Universiade events around the world. Mikhail Stepanov, head of the local branch of the organisation, sat down for an exclusive interview with us to discuss the state of the technical facilities, the outlook for the Games and the details of the University Sambo World Cup.

- Tell us, what technical means were needed to broadcast the University Sambo World Cup?

- In fact, this was one of the first joint projects of ANO Sports Broadcasting and the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate. We have implemented joint projects before, but this was the first time we worked with equipment specifically purchased for the coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, and which will be used at the Kazan Universiade – a modern 16-camera OB Van.
Probably, there are no such units anywhere in the world today – and if generally it is considered that Russia lags behind in terms of technical equipment; here we are a couple of years ahead of all other countries. This is very encouraging, because the fans and the viewers will be able to see really colorful images. If you ever watched broadcasting in various formats, you must have seen how images in HD (High Definition) format differ from ordinary broadcasts. HD allows to fully embrace the festive atmosphere of a sporting event. Moreover, a large staff of qualified production and technical personnel is engaged here, every detail in the broadcasting is taken into account, in order that in the “outcome”, the audience gets to see a bright picture. In this regard, I would like to thank the organisers of the University Sambo World Cup – we promptly solved any questions that we had in providing this transmission. Everyone was very helpful, and all understood that we were doing a great and important thing – ensuring that viewers around the world would see Kazan as brightly and in those colours that are the reality in our city and country. It is this unique atmosphere that we were trying to convey.

- Speaking of the Universiade, what equipment will be used in the course of this unique multi-sport event? 

We have a modern fleet of 12 OB Vans, each with 10 to 24 cameras. A 24-camera unit will be used in Kazan during the Universiade, now it is employed at the test events in Sochi, and soon it will come here and we be able to test it here. We will have time to show some of the competitions, which will be held before the Universiade.
All the vehicles available will be used at Games time; they will be stationed next to Universiade venues. In addition, many employees will be working with them – about 1,400 people of production and technical personnel. This will be a very serious and huge experience for the entire TV world of Russia.

- Let us go back to the University Sambo World Cup, has the test revealed any technical or organisational problems which must be resolved before the Universiade?

All of the difficulties were operational ones; such that always arise at any event, whether it is a test for the Universiade, a hockey or football game. Our specialists have extensive experience, and this will be further enhanced after the University Sambo World Cup, as our vehicle will be used to show the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships that begin in Ufa in a few days – where the strongest junior teams from around the world will participate. So all issues are quickly resolved, and that is why test competitions are held.
Once again, the organisers were very helpful. We worked together to promptly solve all issues related to changing rules, and some other details. For example, today we were asked to create longer intervals, up to a minute and a half, between the final male and female fights, to give time to show all replays of the previous fights.
I see how enthusiastically Team 2013 is involved in the preparations, and I am very happy that all the possible problems, which cannot even be called problems – they are ongoing matters, are being tested as they arise.

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Media Deparetment of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate

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From November 30 to December 2, the University Sambo World Cup was held in Kazan.