27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan thanks medical volunteers

Today's meeting of the Academic Council of Kazan State Medical University (KSMU) saw the presentation of letters of gratitude to mentors of medical volunteers who made an invaluable contribution to the preparation and delivery of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan. Thank-you notes and gifts were awarded to 25 curators of the Games medical volunteers. Deputy Director General and Chief of Staff of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate, Larisa Sulima, expressed her appreciation to people who helped ensure the safe and healthy Games.

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"What these people did for the Universiade is priceless. They trained real professionals who fully met their challenges. Between 29 June and 15 July, there were 7,847 requests for medical assistance, 4,893 of which were submitted at Games sports venues and 2,114 at the Medical Centre of the Universiade Village," said Larisa Sulima to kazan2013.com.

During the entire period of the Universiade, there were 2,535 requests for medical assistance from foreign residents, 1,657 - from foreign athletes and 5,312 - from Russian citizens, including 137 athletes. As of today, all the patients have been discharged. The volunteers made a considerable contribution to the delivery of health care. Another pleasing fact is that volunteers from 5 countries - Russia, Afghanistan, India, Jamaica, and Uzbekistan - were involved in the provision of medical services. Russia's medical volunteers arrived from 23 regions. Among them were both students and 'silver-haired' volunteers. The work proceeded at 53 Games venues - 47 competition and 6 non-competition venues: the Universiade Village Medical Centre, the Republican Clinical Hospital, the 7th Municipal Hospital, the Republican Infectious Diseases Hospital, the Kazan Arena Stadium, and the Birchwood square, where the Sabantuy celebration took place.

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The volunteers also provided invaluable assistance in the implementation of the Summer Universiade anti-doping programme. 117 students of KSMU worked as chaperones at 37 Games venues. Among them were representatives of Russia, India, Palestine, Nigeria, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Armenia. More than 900 athletes went through doping controls. The maximum number of blood samples taken by inspectors per day was 131.

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The 2013 Summer Universiade volunteer programme was an innovative project in the field of youth policy and sports. An international team of volunteers numbering 19,970 people was formed for the first time in the history of modern Russia. That's the number of young people, who worked at the Games in Kazan. They represented 81 constituent entities of the Russian Federation (37 volunteer centres) and 38 countries of the world. It took Russia's regional volunteer centres two years to select and train the army of volunteers. The volunteer management system proved its value and turned out to be quite effective in practice.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate