27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Team Russia to compete at FISU WUCs in Kazan

The national student team must pass another sports test soon, in early autumn Kazan - the host city of the 27th Summer Universiade - will play host to three World University Championships at once: 5th World University Canoe Sprint Championship, 4th World University Sport Shooting Championship and 12th World University Rowing Championship.

Two aquatic sports championships - the 5th World University Canoe Sprint Championship and 12th World University Rowing Championship  - will be held from August 28th to September 1st and on September 7th-9th respectively on the Rowing Centre, Kazan. Among the 24 Canoe Sprint medal events are men’s and women’s races covering distances of 200m, 500m and 1,000m, either solo, in pairs or in crews of four. The fate of 13 sets of Rowing medals will be decided during head-to-head races, ranging from Single Sculls to the Eight, contested by teams of eight rowers with a cox.

The Rowing Centre, which was constructed in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in the build-up to the 2013 Summer Universiade, represents a unique training and competition venue that meets all modern standards and requirements of the FISA. The centre includes a water area of the legendary Lake Kaban, administrative facilities integrated with spectator stands, finish tower and a training centre with simulators and boathouses. The water area offers distances ranging from 200 to 2,000m. The lanes are equipped with state-of-art timing system which allows to determine race winners with maximum accuracy. 

And the Shooting test event - 4th World University Sport Shooting Championship - will take place in the Sviyaga Shooting Complex and Rifle Shooting Range in the township of Mirny. The dates are September 4th-9th. Men and women will compete in 33 medal events: trap, skeet and double trap, and also air rifle, air pistol, shotgun 10m, 25m and 50m. 

Up to 30 countries of the world - the USA, Great Britain, China, Korea, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and many countries of the near abroad - will come to Kazan for the FISU World University Championships. The competitions promise to offer spectators excitement and intensity like any other sporting event of this scale. 

The test events will allow to check the sports capital's readiness to host the upcoming global multi-sports event - Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade. We shall remind that the host city started its preparations for the World University Games in May 31st, 2008, when by the FISU Executive Committee's unanimous vote Russia was awarded the right to stage the premier sporting event for university sports. Now, after the 30th Summer Olympics conclude in London, the 27th Summer Universiade will be the next global multi-sports event of such scale and scope. Another fact worth mentioning is that Kazan 2013's programme features 351 medal events, which is 49 events more than in Olympic London. 

The preparations for the 2013 World University Summer Games are carried out by the Organising Committee headed by Igor Shuvalov, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. The Sports Ministry of Russia and Government of the Republic of Tatarstan conduct work across 50 functional areas and are in charge of the general administration and coordination of the 2013 Games preparations. 

Given that the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade is the first in Russia's history international multi-sports competition which will serve as a prelude to a whole array of high-profile sporting events, the preparations for the Games require in-depth study and assessment. That's the reason why FISU delegates pay regular inspection visits to Kazan. They coordinate the Kazan 2013 OC's activity and constantly scrutinise the readiness of the infrastructure, workforce and volunteers for next summer's Games. 

The FISU delegation is back these days in Kazan to check on the host city's preparations for the 2013 Summer Universiade. The delegates are set to view key Games venues and will hold negotiations with representatives of most demanding and challenging functional areas within the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate. The visit is especially topical on the threshold of three test events. All organisational mechanisms, from accreditation process, transport services to workforce and volunteer coordination, will be put into practice exactly the same way they will be carried out during the 2013 Summer Universiade. 

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate