27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Medvedev visits Russian team’s house at Universiade Village

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the residence of the Russian team in the Universiade Village.

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Rhythmic gymnastics world champion Margarita Mamun led a small tour for the Prime Minister. The balcony of the house opens up to a panorama of the Universiade Village alley, it is a wide street decorated with flags, fountains, gazebos and flower beds. The PM noted that this was an empty field just a few years prior. Medvedev also emphasized that Kazan’s Universiade Village can accommodate fairly large delegations, R-Sport reports. For example, The Chinese delegation contained around 600 people and the USA also had its usually imposing delegation. Mayor of the Universiade Village Farid Abdulganiev explained that the houses in the Village are not just comfortable accommodations for athletes, they also include a wide range of services. The athletes accompanying Medvedev showed him the convenient laundry room, where the athletes can take care of their own laundry. Shooting champion Alexander Furasyev recalled that, for example, when he was in China, sometimes the package from the laundry would come back containing another person’s clothing. Medvedev was also shown special refrigerators where ice is frozen for the athletes. According to the athletes, some Games participants even take ice baths. The Head of the Government also visited a typical room for the athletes. In contrast with other countries where the Universiade participants would be crowded up to 6 people in a single room, in Kazan, the athletes lived comfortably with just two people to a room. Furasyev pointed out to Medvedev that the rooms do not have bunk beds, all the furniture is modern and very comfortable, and it is made to suit the athletes’ individual needs. Medvedev approved the decision. Medvedev was curious how the basketball players fit on a regular-sized mattress. As it turned out, the Universiade organizers were prepared for cases like this and arranged to have a few hundred extensions, which are given out if requested. However, according to the Head of the Ministry of Sport and tourism Vitaly Mutko, these are not very popular because the athletes are comfortable without them.

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Afterwards, Medvedev arrived by electric car to the specially erected temporary restaurant inside the Universiade Village. This restaurant has an area of 12,600 sq. m. It is unique in that five different cuisines are offered here: European, Asian, Russian, Tatar and Halal. The Universiade participants can find their preferred food here regardless of their ethnocultural or religious differences. Restaurant Director Muslima Latypova greeted Medvedev and showed him around the dining halls. The restaurant was practically full at noon. Medvedev noted that everyone was enjoying their meals. “We have a large supply of food,” Latypova commented. The Sports Minister told diners to enjoy their meals in various languages while Tatar President Rustam Minnikhanov said to the Prime Minister how much he enjoys inviting distinguished guests to eat at this restaurant. Medvedev inquired about the popularity of the restaurant and he was informed that it is open until 3 o'clock in the morning and can hold up to three and a half thousand diners at a time. Furthermore, it is also the largest temporary facility in Russia. The restaurant director noted that the restaurant offers some 1.5 thousand different dishes. Medvedev chose the classic triangular echpochmak with meat and black tea, Mutko and Minnikhanov followed suit.   

R-Sport, July 17