FISU Winter Universiade 2019 flame cauldron set up in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk

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KRASNOYARSK, February 19. /TASS/. A cauldron for the flame of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, has been mounted in the host city, the press service of the regional authorities announced on Tuesday.

“The cauldron structure has been mounted next to the Platinum Arena sports complex, which is set to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the [2019] Universiade,” the press service of the Krasnoyarsk Region reported. “The total weight of the cauldron construction is about 9 tonnes [over 19,840 pounds]; it stands at over 10 meters in height [almost 33 feet] and has 4.3 meters [14 feet] in its maximum diameter.”

The whole structure is designed to resemble a giant block of ice to emphasize the austere and primeval beauty of Siberia’s nature. The cup of the cauldron is made of metal reinforced with a roll of stainless steel and weighs approximately 300 kilograms (over 660 lbs).

The whole structure and the cauldron were designed to be operational under the local extreme weather conditions, such as for heavy snowfall, rain and wind with gusts up to 20 meters per second (45 mph).

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, which are Alpine Skiing, Curling, Biathlon, Figure Skating, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, Short Track Speed Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Bandy and Ski Orienteering.

The flame of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade at the cauldron will be lit during the official opening ceremony in less than two weeks, on March 2.

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