27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

International Congress “Fair Play: Honour and Achievements in the Sports” underway in Kazan

The International Congress “Fair Play: Honour and Achievements in the Sports” is held today in Kazan.

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The Fair Play Congress will be chaired by President of the Russian Student Sports Union (RSSU) and FISU 1st Vice-President Oleg Matytsin. He introduced the plenary meeting participants who delivered their welcome speeches to the Congress. Among them are Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (OCR) and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Alexander Zhukov; President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov; State Counsellor of the Republic of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev; President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Alisher Usmanov; President of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) Jenő Kamuti; President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, head coach of the Russian national rhythmic gymnastics team Irina Viner-Usmanova; direct descendant of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Antoine de Navacelle and others.

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Extending his welcome to the event participants, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov said that the International Congress “Fair Play: Honour and Achievements in the Sports” is aimed at cultivating a culture of sports and nurturing religious and racial tolerance through sport.

"We appreciate the fact that the initiative of hosting this event was supported by a number of international and Russian public government organisations,” said the President of Tatarstan. “Our city has also become the venue for one of the most prestigious events in the world of sports - the World Fair Play Awards.”

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According to Rustam Minnikhanov, development of physical culture and sports is a top-priority goal of the social policy of the Russian Federation and Republic of Tatarstan. The republic is actively engaged in promoting healthy lifestyles. For this purpose, all necessary conditions are created, unique sports facilities and children’s sports schools are being constructed. “The successful holding of the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan was another step toward attracting public attention to the unifying role of sport,” Rustam Minnikhanov was quoted as saying by the press office of the President of Tatarstan.

He also said that this year Kazan hosted major international sporting events, such as the European Badminton Championships, IWF Junior World Championships, and the World Fencing Championships whose grand opening will be held today, July 18. 

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According to Rustam Minnikhanov, the World Fencing Championships are a landmark event for the republic. He thanked CIFP President Alisher Usmanov for choosing Kazan as the host for the fencing event.

“I hope that the results of the Fair Play Congress will be valuable to the world of sports. I am sure that events of the International Fair Play Committee, which will be held in Kazan, will give a new impetus to the Fair Play movement strategy and contribute to the promotion of Russia's sports image on the international scene,” Tatarstan President said. 

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For her part, Natalia Parashikova commented that the biggest achievement was that Russia had a system of annual Olympic Committee and Fair Play awards. “Our country officially joined the movement over 20 years ago, when in 1992 the Russian Fair Play Committee was set up under Russian Olympic Committee. Much has been done over this time, evidence to which is our country hosting this congress,” the official is convinced. 

“Our primary task is to constantly advertise and defend the Olympic values, raise the public awareness of them. Both Olympic Games and this congress help to do it,” Russia Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov stressed.

“The Fair Play awards to be presented in Kazan testify once again to sport being more than competition but triumph of human spirit as well,” he added.

The event attendees were then greeted by CIFP President Jenő Kamuti. He drew the audience’s attention to the importance of spreading the values ​​of Fair Play around the world, and expressed hope that the Congress participants will be able to raise people’s awareness of many major issues that have arisen during the competition in recent decades, in particular those related to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Other speakers at the plenary meeting also were President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation and head coach of the Russian national rhythmic gymnastics team Irina Viner-Usmanova and direct descendant of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Antoine de Navacelle.

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The Congress will continue its work until 16.00. Summing up of the Congress results and adoption of a memorandum are scheduled for the end of the event.

Source: IA Tatar-inform

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