27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Summer Universiade in Kazan: facts and figures

Results of the Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan were summed up at the traditional briefing in the House of Government of the Republic of Tatarstan.

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Attending the briefing were Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov, Deputy Prime Minister - Chief of Staff of the Office of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan Shamil Gafarov, Minister of Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism Rafis Burganov, Head of the Executive Committee of the city of Kazan Alex Pesoshin, and First Deputy General Director of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Azat Kadyrov.

Prime Minister Ildar Khalikov thanked the media of Tatarstan for an immense amount of work done during the Universiade. "You had to shoulder big work load during the Games, and I want to express your gratitude," Ildar Khalikov said to the journalists.

"Now we can say with confidence: Russia hosted the Universiade, and everyone, including critics, admit that the Games were held at the highest organisational level," the Prime Minister of Tatarstan said. It was the best Universiade in the history of FISU - this assessment was given by representatives of the International University Sports Federation (FISU)."

11,778 people from 160 countries (representatives of two countries - Papua New Guinea and Congo - have not arrived) came in Kazan for the 27th Summer Universiade 2013. The competitions were held in 27 sports; 351 sets of medals were awarded.

More than 150,000 tourists visited Kazan during the Universiade.

19,970 volunteers from 29 volunteer centres of 37 regions of Russia and 38 countries around the world helped stage the World University Summer Games in Kazan. 50 hotels, 8 steam boats, 22 accommodation facilities, as well as four houses of the social mortgage, were used to accommodate the guests and participants. Athletes resided in the Universiade Village. The Universiade Village completed its work at midnight on July 20.

Major services for Universiade participants were available at the Main International Centre (MIC). Here was the Universiade Museum, which was visited by 11,112 people at Games time. It is expected that in September the Universiade Museum will be open to the public again.

According to Ildar Khalikov, athletes and participants were particular happy with the world-class catering services and meals. All in all, the Main Restaurant of the Universiade Village served 543104 people. 30,000 representatives of law enforcement agencies were employed to ensure safety during the Universiade, including the internal troops, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM), special forces. Four mobile inspection complexes were used during the Games.

55 ambulance crews were created to ensure a timely provision of medical services during the Universiade; 1,380 doctors and nurses, as well as 635 medical volunteers supported the Games. 12,940 requests for medical assistance were made. According to Ildar Khalikov, initially it was expected that there will be three times less requests, but nevertheless the medical staff coped with the load. In the early days, there were quite a lot of volunteers who caught a cold. Furthermore, there have been 3,340 sports injuries.

As far as the Games-time transportation is concerned, 525 buses and 1,051 passenger cars were used to transport athletes and participants between the Universiade Village and venues.

The sports action from the Universiade venues was broadcast in more than one hundred countries. Three Russian channels and 13 accredited foreign channels provided exclusive Games coverage. The total number of broadcasts reached 768 hours.

The TV audience of the Games Opening Ceremony amounted to more than 1 billion people, while more than 1.5 billion people watched the Closing Ceremony on TV screen.

The Kazan 2013 SU Call Centre received 104,512 calls. The official licensed products enjoyed high demand: 6 companies were trading at 58 points of sale. 300,000 pieces of merchandise were sold during the Games.

There were 780 million tickets sold for sporting events and Opening/Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Universiade, with peak sales falling on 10 and 11 July (about 33,000 and 43,000 sales, respectively). The Universiade Park was visited by more than 260,000 people during the Games; 380 free tours were organised for participants of the Games (14,348 people); the national holiday Sabantuy brought together more than 7 million people.

67 Universiade records were set in the course of the competition. 

Responding to the reporters' questions, First Deputy Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Azat Kadyrov said that all the staff of the Directorate will be offered further employment opportunities after the Universiade. In particular, he noted that in the days to come, the Sochi 2014 OC will come to Kazan to interview employees of the Kazan 2013 SU OC for various positions available within the preparation and staging of the Olympic Winter Games in 2014.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate