I.Metshin: “Once, we set the goal that half of Kazan citizens play regular sports, now we have already surpassed the mark”
This summer, Kazan will host several major sporting
events. Every year more and more residents join the competitions that take
place in the capital of Tatarstan, including not only young people, but also
the older generation, the Mayor of the city Ilsur Metshin said at the Business
Monday in the Executive Committee.
“10 years ago, all this seemed an impossible task. Once,
we set the goal that half of Kazan citizens play regular sports, lead an active
and healthy lifestyle. Today, we have already surpassed the mark and more than
51% of citizens play regular sports. This is a new trend among young people”, -
the Mayor said.
The infrastructure developed in the city in recent
years contributes to the promotion of sports and a healthy lifestyle among
citizens. “We annually and systematically create conditions for sports in all
districts of the city. This year, four new multifunctional sports grounds will
be built, in addition, sports equipment will be installed at the renovated yards,”
- I.Metshin said.
According to Albert Salikhov, chair of the Committee
of Physical Culture and Sports of Kazan, the summer sports season will be very
eventful in the city.
A.Salikhov drew attention to the fact that races are particularly
popular among the citizens. The sports season was launched on April 22, when 79th
traditional athletic relay took place, which was dedicated to the 60th
anniversary of the first manned flight into space by Yuri Gagarin.
On May 1 and 2, the Kazan Marathon was held for the
seventh time with the participation of more than 14 thousand people from 67
regions of Russia and 29 countries.
Another race was held on May 8 in the village of
Derbyshki – an athletic relay dedicated to the 76th anniversary of
the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. More than 350 people took part in it. On
May 30, the sports events baton will be passed to Zabeg.RF. This is the largest
half marathon with a synchronized start.
The summer football season started on May 20 by the
city stage of the All-Russian tournament “A Leather Ball”. More than 300 young
football players, as well as Russian football stars Dmitry Sychev, Evgeny
Aldonin and Dmitry Alenichev, took part in its opening at the Trudovye Rezervy
stadium. After the official ceremony, there was a unique football match, in
which 80 players and famous guests played together.
At the same time, the city launched the Kazan football
championships among sports schools, as well as football veterans. In total,
more than 3,500 football players from 186 teams will take part in the
In addition, this summer Kazan will host several major
competitions. On June 19, the international triathlon competitions Ironstar
Kazan 2021 Timerman Cup will be held at the Olympic and semi-olympic distances.
The swimming stage will take place in the water area of the Kazanka River. The
bike route is laid along the central streets of the city.
On July 31, amateurs together with professional
athletes from different regions of the country will participate at the Tour de
Tatarstan Kazan cycling race with distances of 25, 50 or 100 km.
“Special attention will be paid to high-level sports. This
year, Kazan hosts the final stage of the V Summer Youth Spartakiad. The first competitions have begun, and throughout the summer,
more than 9,000 strongest athletes from all over Russia will compete for the
title of the winner of the Spartakiad at the main sports venues of the city, in
31 sports”, - A.Salikhov concluded.