27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Russian President personally congratulates Universiade champions and medallists

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated athletes who won medals at the Summer Universiade in Kazan. "I congratulate you on a convincing victory of the Russian student team at the Summer Universiade in Kazan," Putin said at the meeting with winners of the 2013 Summer Universiade on July 19.

The meeting was attended by over 200 people, including 152 athletes, 48 ​​coaches, 12 presidents of Russian sports federations. The President wished all the athletes future success and new triumphant and glorious victories. "Today, we are living under fundamentally different political and socioeconomic conditions: education, culture and sports are exceptionally important for our society," said Vladimir Putin.

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He noted that the Universiade covers all of these areas, providing a great deal of momentum for their development, including in terms of international cooperation. The Universiade does not limit itself to athletic rivalry, the President said, noting that this is a unique opportunity to foster international and interethnic dialogue, strengthening friendship between young people from different nations.

The President reminded that Krasnoyarsk intends to bid to host the Winter Universiade in 2019. The Head of State noted that hosting the Universiade in this city, located in the heart of Siberia, will create the conditions for a comprehensive development of the whole territory, and will be an additional impetus for urging Russian people to do winter sports.

The 27th Summer Universiade, which was held from 6 to 17 July, was record-breaking in terms of sports included in the programme (27), and the number of participants (more than 13,000 people). A total of 351 medal events was held at the Universiade. The Russian national team set a Universiade record, winning 155 gold, 75 silver and 62 bronze medals.

RIA Novosti, especially for Kazan 2013 Official News Service