IIHF President Rene Fasel to attend opening ceremony of 2019 Universiade in Russia

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President of the International Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fasel

President of the International Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fasel


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MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel and heads of other international sports federations plan attending the opening ceremony of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, Oleg Matytsin, the president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), said on Tuesday.

“President of the International Olympic Committee [IOC] Thomas Bach will record a welcoming video for all participants of the Universiade,” Matytsin told a news conference, hosted by TASS on Tuesday. “The opening ceremony will be attended by heads of major international sports federations, for instance, by President of the International Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fasel.”

“It speaks again for the fact that Russia sets high standards in the organization of international projects and presidents of global sports federations are willing to participate,” the FISU president said.

“Speaking about the broadcasting scale of the tournament, I should say that the television broadcast will cover 120 countries,” Matytsin said. “An agreement with the Olympic channel has been also concluded and all FISU services will be rendering assistance regarding the broadcasting coverage of the tournament.”

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.

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