27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Project with look into future: Games for Health. Games for Life

More than two months are gone since the 27th Summer Universiade triumphantly ended in Kazan, but results of the Games are still being summarised. The major sporting event of this summer pleased participants and guests of the Games with an amazingly diverse programme. One of the parts of the programme was the Games for Health. Games for Life international project held under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan. It was implemented through the cooperative efforts of representatives of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate and the New Age Non-profit Foundation.

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A solemn recognition ceremony in honour of those who made a special contribution to a successful implementation of the Games for Health.Games for Life project was held in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan last Wednesday, September 18. Deputy Minister of Health of Tatarstan, Sergey Osipov, took the floor and extended his deepest gratitude and appreciation to all those present. Chief of Staff and Deputy Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Larisa Sulima, Director of the Volunteer Department Alexander Karpov, and Head of the Volunteer Training Unit Anna Feldman received letters of thanks and words of praise for the results of the project.

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Educational meetings, workshops and press conferences were prepared and held for athletes and volunteers during the Universiade, and trained professionals shared their knowledge about HIV/AIDS, spoke about means of protection and explained young people from different parts of Russia and abroad the importance of ​​a healthy and safe lifestyle and tolerant attitude towards people living with HIV. The Kazan 2013 Ambassadors - famous athletes Irek Zinnurov and Vasily Mosin - as well as young musicians from the Red Ribbon international team also met with the project's participants and contributed to their understanding of the facts about HIV/AIDS.

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Thanks to the project, the 20,000-strong army of Kazan 2013 volunteers - one of the main target groups of the programme - received additional training in the field of infectious safety, which will lead to positive change in the minds of young people and their attitude towards their health.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate