On December 26, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan Vladimir Leonov met with staff members of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects and handed them commemorative medals of the Russian Federation celebrating the success of the 27th Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan. Shortly before the medal presentation ceremony, the Minister, who served as the head of the Directorate in the build-up to and during the Universiade, addressed the audience with a short speech.
"The Universiade is an event that was made happen by our big team and the medal you are going to receive today is bestowed on behalf of the Russian President to all those who made a valuable contribution to this project. When people upgrade their skills and share their knowledge and experience with other people, it's really great. There is a very challenging year ahead of us, the year of 2015, and we need to host the upcoming FINA World Championships to the highest standard. I wish you great success in the year to come. Take care, respect each other and be attentive to each other," Vladimir Leonov said.
Around 160 staff members received commemorative medals. The ceremony was also attended by 1st Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan, Andrey Pominov, who awarded some Directorate staff members the ministerial commendation letters for a significant contribution to the delivery of the 2nd National Championships WorldSkills Russia 2014 in Kazan.
A commemorative medal celebrating the success of the 27th Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan was established by an Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation on August 16, 2013. The obverse side of the medal features an image of a torchbearer. The reverse side is composed of the official Kazan 2013 logo while around the circumference are two olive branches with five superimposed pentactinal stars among them.