often called the sports capital of Russia. Indeed, the cult of sport, the cult
of a healthy lifestyle reigns in our city now. Every third Kazan citizen
regularly engages in physical culture and sports. This is twice as many as 5
years ago. The extensive sports infrastructure was created in the city, one of
the best in Russia.
A huge role
in the enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle has been played and continues to be
played by major international competitions. The Universiade-2013, which was
held in Kazan, became a national scale project, which Claus Louis Gallen, the
President of the FISU, called “the best Universiade ever held”.
has a special love and popularity in Kazan, as in many other cities. Citizens
are rooting for their team “Rubin”, watching all major international matches.
They know all the leading players of the planet by the names.
the World Cup is not just a global competition for Kazan. This is a great sports
holiday. It is a dream that becomes a reality. It is a great honor for our
whole Kazan lives in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup-2018. Transport
companies, hotels, restaurants, not to mention stadiums and sports facilities,
are actively preparing for the World Cup.
confident that this event of a global scale will contribute to strengthening
the traditions of this sport in Russia and will have a significant impact on
promoting healthy lifestyles, promoting the ideals of a sport among the entire
population of our vast country. I have no doubt that the FIFA World Cup will be
one of the brightest pages in the sporting history of Kazan and in the lives of
all the fans without exception.