27.06.2013  11:40

Universiade Flame greeted in Chistopol, Rybnaya Sloboda and Mamadysh

On June 26, the main symbol of the World University Games was greeted by a number of towns on the route of the Torch Relay in Tatarstan - Chistopol, Rybnaya Sloboda and Mamadysh.


In Chistopol, the first town to receive the Torch Relay, 22 of the town’s inhabitants had the honorary right of carrying the Torch. The Relay started in the square in front of the Youth Centre and finished in Skaryatinsky Sad, the municipal garden and favourite leisure place amongst locals.

“This set the pace for this festive day, the day when the Flame of the World University Games was brought to Chistopol. The Flame is a symbol of friendship, unity, sport. It’s a great honour for our town to receive the Flame,” were the words of Ildus Akhmetzyanov, Head of the Chistopolsky Municipal District. “I’m sure the Universiade will be a huge success, like all events that take place in our republic!”

“I would like to thank the inhabitants of Chistopol, who met the Universiade Flame today. The Flame has covered an enormous distance, leaving its glow in the hearts of people all over the world. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best on this festive day and invite you all to the Universiade in Kazan!” commented Dilyara Khasanova, Director of the Media Department of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate.

The length of the route of the Torch Relay in Rybnaya Sloboda, covered by 20 Torchbearers, measured around 3,000 metres. The Relay started on the embankment of the Kama River and finished at the Yashlek Municipal Stadium. It’s worth mentioning that the honorary right of carrying the Universiade Flame through the streets and squares of the town was given to the town’s top students, athletes, volunteers, representatives of the administration as well as partner companies of the 2013 Summer Universiade.


“I’m happy to participate today in this tremendous celebration of youth and sport, which is being hosted by the Rybnoslobodsky Municipal District. Rybnaya Sloboda is a truly young and active district of Tatarstan,” remarked Head of the Board of Federal Treasury in the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Nuriakhmetov. “The Universiade will be starting in Kazan very soon, and Kazan will be the centre of attention of people all over the world. My best wishes to everyone on this festive occasion and we look forward to seeing you in Kazan for the World University Games!”

The last town to receive the Torch Relay was Mamadysh. 30 inhabitants of the town had the honour of carrying the main symbol of the World University Games through the streets of the town. The Torch Relay started in the square outside the Victory Park and finished on the embankment of the Kama River, where the Town Cauldron was lit. Talgat Abdullin, Executive Director of the State Housing Fund under the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, and deputy of the State Council of the fourth convocation of the Republic of Tatarstan, was the evening’s honorary guest.

“Today has been an exceptional day in the history of the district: this was the first time Mamadysh has greeted the Universiade Flame. We are very proud of our republic and of Kazan,” stated Head of the Mamadyshsky Municipal District, Anatoly Ivanov. “It’s a great pleasure to see representatives of our district also taking part in the Universiade. It was a joy for me today to be a bearer of the Torch. The feeling is indescribable, I can assure you.”


“For the Torch Relay to take place, Kazan needed to be recognised on the world arena and to give assurances that the capital of our republic is capable of holding such a grand event as the Universiade. The efforts put into the preparations have been tremendous, and for this reason we can state with confidence that Kazan is definitely ready to hold the Universiade,” remarked Talgat Abdullin.

It only remains to add that the towns in which the Relay has been held have been presented with souvenir torches.

The next town in Tatarstan to receive the main symbol of the World University Games will be Naberezhnye Chelny, where the Torch Relay will be held on Russian Youth Day - 27 June. 

The Universiade Torch Lighting Ceremony took place at Paris-Sorbonne University where the first ‘World Student Games’ were held in 1923. The historic moment in the Torch Relay arrived when the Universiade Flame embarked on a round-the-world voyage aboard the world’s largest bark - the tall ship Sedov. On July 15th, the Torch was handed over to a team of navy cadets – the Keepers of the Universiade Flame. Travelling aboard the bark Sedov, the Torch covered 45,000 nautical miles and repeated the route of greatest sailors of all times. 

The Russian leg of the Universiade Torch Relay started off on January 25, on Russian Students' Day. Travelling from east to west, the Flame is carried through Russia’s 30 top student cities such as Khabarovsk, Yakutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Arkhangelsk, Stavropol, Pyatigorsk, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Vladimir, Moscow, Perm, Izhevsk, Kirov, Nizhny Novgorod, Yoshkar-Ola, Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Penza, Saratov, Samara, Orenburg, Ufa and passes through 43 municipal districts of the Republic of Tatarstan, finishing its odyssey in Kazan on July 6, on the opening day of the 2013 Summer Universiade. 2,013 Torchbearers will carry the Universiade Torch as it will make its way all over the country. 

Universiade Torch Relay partners:

Hyundai Motor CIS is the General Partner and Official Transport Provider of the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade. Hyundai Motor CIS is an exclusive distributor of Hyundai cars in the Russian Federation. Currently the company owns one of the largest dealer networks in the Russian automotive industry and comprises over 140 automobile showrooms.

Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia LLC is an Official Partner of the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013. The Coca-Cola system is a long-standing partner of some of the world’s most important sporting events and places great emphasis on promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyle around the world. Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia gives a warm welcome to the Universiade Flame in Russia and acts as the partner of the 2013 Summer Universiade Torch Relay.

OAO MegaFon is the General Partner of the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013 and the Russian leg of the Universiade Torch Relay. MegaFon is one of the leading all-Russian universal communications operators running its business in all segments of the telecommunications market in Russia. MegaFon became the first operator with a network covering all regions of Russia. It was also the first national operator to launch 3G network for commercial operation and is currently the leader of mobile Internet services.

SOGAZ Insurance Group is the Official Partner and Insurance Provider of the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan. SOGAZ Insurance Group: be nervous only about victories at the games, all other things at the Universiade are insured!

ОАО Aeroflot Russian Airlines is the Official Partner and Official Airline of the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013. Apart from that, Aeroflot is the partner of the 2013 Summer Universiade Torch Relay.

OOO Trade House Forward (FORWARD Sportswear) is the Official Provider to the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013 and official partner of the 2013 Summer Universiade Torch Relay. FORWARD Sportswear is quality, vibrancy, comfort and beautility! Being with FORWARD means being part of achievements and victories of great Russia!

Delovye Linii (Business Lines) is the Partner of the 27th Summer Universiade. Delovye Linii provides transit of goods by road transport, shipments and air travel, and transit of goods in heavy goods vehicles. It provides deliveries to over 1,500 cities in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Delovye Linii offers both depot-to-depot transit and 'door-to-door' deliveries, provides custom-made solutions for delivery of large shipments, delivers documents and small deliveries, and provides services related to storage of goods and express deliveries between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Thanks to its smoothly functioning communications system and its use of modern logistics technologies, Delovye Linii is a leading transport and shipping company in the Russian market for freight transit, providing services to over 500,000 customers. It has a network of terminals and distribution centres that includes over 90 departments throughout Russia. Delovye Linii is the key to your business' success!