Dear friends!

Rustam Minnikhanov President of the Republic of Tatarstan

I am delighted to welcome you in the historical capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, the thousand years old city of Kazan.

The first sport competitions of the 27th Summer Universiade will start in less than a year. At the moment Kazan is preparing to welcome all participants of the most important youth sports’ festival with our traditional hospitality and respect.

It is a great honour to host the Universiade in Kazan and at the same time a big responsibility for us. We believe that it will become an important milestone in the modern history of the Republic of Tatarstan and will place sport in Tatarstan to a new level.

This conference is a notable event in the process of preparation for the Universiade 2013 and it is a unique opportunity both for athletes and scholars to exchange knowledge, ideas and other achievements in the field of sports.

The significance and importance of the conference is further underlined by its participants represented by members of International University Sports Federation Executive Committee, Russian Olympic Committee, Presidents of National and Continental Student Sports Federations, Rectors of leading international educational institutions for professional sports, scientists, athletes and students.

I am confident, that the Conference will greatly contribute into development of modern sport and will help the young generation to understand the overall importance of sport for every person.

I hope that your visit and joint work in Kazan will establish and strengthen business and friendly relations between the organisers and participants of the youth sports’ movement.

I would like to extend my best wishes to you all. I wish you good health, happiness and prosperity!

President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov