On January 14, at Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism, speaking at a summing up meeting of Tatarstan Ministry of Sport on the results of its work in 2019 and tasks for 2020 with participation of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov said that Tatarstan is an example of interaction between Russian and Tatarstan Ministries of Sport.
Tatarstan Minister of Sport Vladimir Leonov made a keynote report and said that as many as 24 international competitions, 98 championships, competitions, Cups of Russia, and over 800 sports events of the regional level were held in the republic in 2019.
The Games of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to be held in Kazan will be the main sports event in 2020. “The priority of our republic is the improvement and development of sports infrastructure, which has been developed in recent years and works for the benefit of our residents,” Leonov said.
Since 2013, a large-scale project on the construction of universal sports grounds at the place of residence and study has been implemented. Over the past seven years, 992 sports fields, including 40 hockey boxes and 35 modular ski resorts in all municipalities have been built.
Leonov also said that the start of construction of four indoor arenas - three football and one football-rugby, which will appear in Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny and Nizhnekamsk, was a significant event for the republic.
President of the Russian Diving Federation, Russian Water Polo Federation and the Federation of Synchronized Swimming of Russia Alexey Vlasenko made a presentation on the development of water sports in Tatarstan. He also emphasized the significant contribution of the republic to the development of these sports.
During the meeting, Kolobkov called the region a leader in many areas. “Tatarstan is an example of interaction between the Ministry of Sport of Russia and Tatarstan Ministry of Sport. For 10 years you have been moving on the development of sports. We will hold the CIS Games in Kazan - a competition that unites our countries. I hope you will hold it at the highest level. All-Russian city games, which can involve young people into new, extreme sports, will also be held here,” Kolobkov said.
In his turn, Minnikhanov called the sport of higher achievements a brand of Tatarstan.
“The fact that the federal minister sums up the results of our year is much obliging,” Tatarstan President said and thanked Kolobkov for his attention to the region.
According to Minnikhanov, today the entire sport infrastructure of the republic should work. He said that the number of Tatarstan people involved in sports should be increased to two million people by 2024, and there are all possibilities for this.
The state and departmental awards were handed in at the end of the meeting.
Then, Kolobkov and Minnikhanov answered questions from journalists.