Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov. They discussed the development of mass sports in the country and the preparations for holding large international sports events, in particular, the 29th Winter Universiade that will take place in Krasnoyarsk in March 2019.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, Mr Kolobkov,
Let us begin with the preparations for the Universiade in Krasnoyarsk.
Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov: Mr President, final preparations are underway for the Universiade, which is just days away now. Let me remind you that the Universiade will take place on March 2–12, but the first teams will arrive in the Universiade village as soon as February 23.
We are fully prepared for the games: athletes will compete for 76 sets of medals in 11 sports. All sports are included in the Olympics, except orienteering and bandy, which will be included in the Universiade for the first time.
Let me say a few words about the readiness of our team, for it is probably one of the most important issues.
Vladimir Putin: We should congratulate our bandy team on another victory at the world championships…
Pavel Kolobkov: A youth bandy world championships for athletes aged under 19 has been recently held there [in Krasnoyarsk]. And we won again in a fierce battle and defeated the Swedish team, which is our traditional rival, both during adult and youth events. We hope the team will play in a similar fashion during the Universiade.
It is also of great significance that a new high quality sports palace was built specifically for bandy games. Young athletes are training there and 5,000 spectators attended almost all the matches, because this sport is very popular in the city.
Vladimir Putin: It is a very spectacular kind of sport.
To be continued.
via Website of the President of Russia http://en.kremlin.ru/
February 11, 2019 at 02:20PM