FISU chief: organization of 2019 Universiade to provide for Russian sports development

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MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The organization of the 2019 Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month in Krasnoyarsk, will provide for the overall development of sports in Russia, Oleg Matytsin, the president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), said on Tuesday.

“Since the very first day we have managed to establish professional and constructive relations both with the team representing the Russian side and with representatives of international sports federations,” Matytsin told a news conference hosted by TASS on Tuesday.

“Within these six years of work we saw significant improvements of the region and we have been always keeping in mind the scale of this global task,” he said. “We have been speaking about the development of Siberia and I can certainly say now that the results are very positive.”

“The issue of the heritage is the key one for our organization as new sports facilities were built, a social structure is in place, a bridge connecting two shores of Krasnoyarsk is erected, a new housing program was launched and the reconstruction of the road network is in progress, while the program of the human heritage remains the most important,” he said.

“Tens of thousands of people, who were involved in this project gained new knowledge and established communications both at the regional and global levels,” the FISU president continued.

“We are glad that this project will be the inaugural one in terms of cooperation with the International Olympic Committee [IOC], and upon their recommendation we have concluded an agreement with an international testing agency, which will be in charge of doping control at the Universiade and will be its first multi-sports event,” he said. “All procedures will be held at a high level.”

The Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which has a population of over one million, was elected to host the 2019 Winter Universiade at the session of the FISU Executive Committee in Brussels in 2013. The event is scheduled for March 2-12, 2019.

The Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. The name of the international sports event is a combination of two words, which are ‘University’ and ‘Olympiad.’

It is only second to the Olympic Games. The program of the Winter Universiade currently includes 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country.

The 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk offers 76 sets of medals in 11 sports competitions.

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