27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Universiade Legacy in Kazan will serve Russia’s sports teams

Sports facilities built for the Summer Universiade in Kazan will be used as training centers for Russian teams in various sports, the Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin said.

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The Universiade commenced in the capital of Tatarstan on 6 July and will end on 17 July.  More than 10,000 athletes from 175 countries were involved in competitions.

"The entire social infrastructure will serve the federal universities. Something will be used as training centers for Russian teams. For example, the Rowing Center, Gymnastics Center, Aquatics Palace. They will remain under the state ownership and there will be trained both our sports teams and children's sports schools," Metshin said to the R-Sport reporters. "The legacy that Kazan has received after the Universiade serves the city already," the Mayor continued. "A great page in the history of Kazan is turned over, but on 5 August we will bring here the FINA Flag from Barcelona and in two years the FINA World Cghampionships will be held here as well. By the way, the last championship in Shanghai gathered 3.6 billion television viewers. We need to be also prepared for it. And then we will have the FIFA World Cup. The City’s Development Programme for this event already exists, new metro stations will be built."  According to Metshin, in the future Kazan "will be declared" as a host of other international sports tournaments. " Analyzing the experience of past World Uniuversity Games, one can say that as a rule, in those cities where there had been held the Universiades, in the next five years there were held the world championships of all sports listed in the programme. I have no doubt that we are in the active phase of negotiations but the next tournament - it's the World Aquatics Championship which will outdo the Universiade in duration and number of participants," Metshin said. The head of Kazan added that during the Universiade the city has passed the test of "natural disasters". "There were heavy rains, squally wind, heat. At that all systems had been working smoothly. We correctly and timely reacted to all situations arised," - Metshin concluded.

R-Sport, July 17