KAZAN, July 7 — R-Sport. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Games of the XXVII World Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan open.
The opening ceremony of the 2013 Universiade held at the "Kazan-Arena".
Kazan Universiade is a record as the number of sports included in the program — 27, and the number of participants — more than 13,000 people. At the Universiade will be played 351 sets of medals.
Vladimir Putin has arrived in Kazan to attend the opening ceremony of the XXVII World Student Universiade.
Upon arrival, the President inspected the purpose-built for the Universiade new terminal of the international airport "Kazan" and the new intermodal station branch UFA.
From the airport to the city president got on the express train. On the train, the head of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told Vladimir Putin about the preparations for the Universiade.
The opening ceremony of the Universiade held at the new football stadium "Arena Kazan", its capacity — 45 thousand spectators.
Before the opening ceremony, the President met with representatives of the Russian team. Vladimir Putin wished the athletes success at the World Student University Games.
XXVII World Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan will be held from 6 to 17 July. It will bring together more than 10,000 athletes from 175 countries. Will be raffled off 351 sets of medals in 27 sports.
Speech at the opening ceremony of the World Students of the Universiade in Kazan
VLADIMIR PUTIN: Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends!
On behalf of the Russian hospitable welcome to the World Summer Universiade in Kazan!
Kazan — one of the most beautiful and oldest cities of our vast and multi-ethnic country. Gathered here today are successful, young athletes.
Friends, you represent different countries and continents, but in these days of July have joined the World Summer Universiade, the scale of which can easily compete with the Olympic Games.
We have done everything possible to participants in the sports festival feel at home and were able to achieve outstanding results, withstand the heat of competition and difficult struggle.
Of course, the victory goes to the strongest, but the atmosphere, the spirit of the Universiade will always be with each of you.
You all share a love for the sport, his highest ideals of fair competition and camaraderie, hope for success and victory.
In these solemn moments your hearts beat in unison, you're together — shoulder to shoulder — and share common feelings and common ideas.
I wish all of you overcome yourself to achieve new personal bests.
Let those few seconds of struggle and triumph are vivid and memorable. And let them stay with you for life. Good luck.
VLADIMIR PUTIN: I declare the 27th World Summer Universiade — open!