Summer Universiade - Kazan 'all set' for Summer Universiade

Organisers of the FISU Summer Universiade have declared Kazan ready to host the 27th edition of the games, pending final approval on some issues.

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FISU meeting with President Minnikhanov

Following a second inspection by a supervision committee of the progress made in Kazan, representatives of the Russian city delivered a presentation on their readiness to host the Games.

A host of FISU officials took part in the event, during which first deputy director general of the Kazan 2013 executive directorate Azat Kadyrov highlighted Kazan's full readiness to stage the Universiade in terms of organisational process.

"We are all set, although there are still issues that need to get final approval, including approval from our FISU colleagues," he said.

Kadyrov added that all preparatory works ahead of the Games have been conducted in compliance with FISU minimum requirements and with the assistance of Russia's Ministry for Sports, the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan and Tatarstan's Ministry for Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism.

Fifteen working groups led by heads of ministries and departments were created in the Republiс of Tatarstan to ensure the host city is preparing effectively for the period of the Games.

Kadyrov praised their close and fruitful teamwork and extended his gratitude to partners of the 2013 Summer Universiade.

The presentation also focused on the cooperation between FISU and NUSFs. Kadyrov said one of the most important breakthroughs in the build-up to the Summer Universiade was the introduction - by the Russian President himself - of a visa-free regime for all the participants of the Games.

Ranko Tepavcevic, a senior consultant of the Kazan 2013 executive directorate, provided updates on the sports programme, a key component of organising the Games.

A total of 351 medal events will be contested during the Games in a programme that features 27 sports: athletics, basketball, fencing, football, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, judo, swimming, diving, water polo, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, boxing, shooting, synchronised swimming, rowing, canoe sprint, sambo, wrestling, belt wrestling, chess, weightlifting, rugby sevens, field hockey, badminton and beach volleyball.

Five of those sports – belt wrestling, rugby sevens, sambo, synchronised swimming and boxing - will make their debuts at the 2013 Summer Universiade.

Thirteen and a half thousand athletes and members of delegations, 170 nations, 1,500 journalists and approximately 100,000 visitors and sports fans from Russia and abroad are expected to travel to Kazan for the Games.

Already almost 12,500 athletes and team officials from 125 countries have submitted entry forms with still a few months remaining before the event starts in July.

This latest inspection is the final visit from the supervision committee and an extended report will now be prepared for the FISU executive committee meeting, due to be held in March 2013.

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