Almaty ready for World Winter Universiade 2017
54 countries have confirmed their participation in the World Winter Universiade-2017 in Almaty. It will be the biggest sporting event in the history of Kazakhstan. Seven test events are scheduled to check Winter Universiade facilities. The first tests had already been successfully completed. They are Republican Universiade and Winter World Cup on ski jumping. For the first time Athletic Village will be built for the Winter Universiade. The chief of Directorate for preparation and holding Universiade-2017 in Almaty Asset Abdualiyev in his report at the meeting of the Executive Committee of FISU in Brussels stressed that all construction facilities are ready for more than two-thirds.
Asset ABDUALIYEV, HEAD OF ALMATY UNIVERSIADE 2017:
All the Universiade facilities will be commissioned in autumn of 2016. There will be test competitions and already now the directorate was established for management of facilities. Sections of swimming, sports clubs will be available to citizens in these facilities, and the average cost will be about 15 thousand tenge. And we hope that it will be not only the best but also the most representative Universiade in the history of FISU.
Oleg MATYTSIN, PRESIDENT OF FISU:
54 countries have already announced their readiness to take part in the Universiade. Of course, it is a record for the International University Sports Federation. The amount of work that we have to perform together with the International Federation and the organizing committee is very big. It will be unique event. We see that people working in the organizing committee are very responsible to this job.
It is planned that the world famous TV channels will broadcast the Games. Expected audience will amount to more than one billion viewers.
Kairat ZAKIRYANOV, RECTOR, ACADEMY OF SPORT AND TOURISM:
Soon IOC President Thomas Bach will visit Almaty. It is planned that he will visit also the World University Games. And again the issue of Almaty’s hosting Winter Olympics will be raised.
It is expected that the Universiade will be attended by about 2,000 athletes from 55 countries. 555 medals will be awarded in twelve winter sports. Almaty will be visited by over 30 thousand tourists, who will be able to receive their visas under the simplified system.