Vladimir Putin visited Kazan yesterday, where he checked the preparations for the 2013 Summer Universiade, an event that he himself recently called a prelude to Sochi 2014. This comparison is quite legitimate, since the world student competitions are considered the second most important international sporting event after the Olympics. It is known that 40% of the Olympic medalists won their first major victories at the Universiade.
A total of 64 facilities will be involved in the Kazan Universiade, of which more than half is being built specifically for this event. Yesterday, Vladimir Putin was given another 7 ready-made objects, including the Akcharlak indoor swimming pool. The prime minister also laid the first stone in the construction of a football stadium with 45,000 seats. The ceremony was attended by leading Tina Kandelaki.
This arena is already included in the application from Russia to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The stadium will host the opening and closing of the Universiade. It will be commissioned in the summer of 2012. "This football stadium, which,I’m sure it will be built on time, it will be another good trump card to complete our bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, ”Putin said.
Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov and Kazan Mayor Ilsur Metshin presented the layout of the Universiade Village to Putin. Delivery of the first two of its lines is scheduled for autumn. At the beginning of the next academic year more than 7 thousand students will enter here. This is one of the most important objects, since after the end of the Universiade, it is planned to create here a large university campus, in which 20 thousand students will be able to settle. “The most important thing is that a significant part of the facilities that will be built for the Universiade will receive their social dimension,” said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier.
Many objects will be used before 2013. For example, this summer in Kazan there will be held the European Championships in Table Tennis and Beach Volleyball. The Tennis Academy and the Volleyball Center will be involved in these activities. “In Tatarstan, in Kazan, they are well aware, aware of what a modern quality of life is, paying due attention to mass sports,” Putin said.
In 2013, Kazan will host about 12 thousand athletes from 170 countries of the world, as well as at least 100 thousand Russian and foreign fans. 1500 journalists are accredited to the Universiade.