On November 7, Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, federal and regional officials, representing the sport industry took part in the second Industry Forum on Public-Private Partnership “Investments in the sports industry”, held at the Kazan Arena stadium.
Welcoming participants of the Forum, Minnikhanov said that issues and arrangements of public-private partnership are needed and demanded.
“Tatarstan is among the leading regions of the country in the development of sports and physical education. We have vast experience in holding major sporting events, including the Summer Universiade-2013, the World Aquatics Championships – 2015, the matches of the Confederations Cup-2017 and FIFA World Cup -2018,” Tatarstan President said. He also noted that the republic hosted more than 800 sporting events this year and, of course, the main events were the matches of the World Cup. “According to the experts, the total economic effect from the World Cup was 11 billion roubles. It means that sport establishes mechanisms for supporting the tourism industry, infrastructure construction,” Minnikhanov emphasized.
“I am sure that during this forum, many useful and interesting issues will be discussed. And it is also important for us to know, how the work on sport facilities is organized in other regions. Sport is health, and I am sure that it is possible to earn money in sports. First and foremost, we need to keep our sports facilities fully occupied. They must be occupied and work. And the second more complicated task is to attract private capital for the construction of sports facilities,” Minnikhanov said.
During the Forum, he also emphasized it is necessary to develop support measures for private investors who want to invest in infrastructure for sports, including the construction of fields and arenas for football in Tatarstan.