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KAZAN, September 21 (Itar-Tass) — An extraordinary General Assembly of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) is opening at the Korston business centre in Kazan on Friday under the chairmanship of the Federation’s President Claude-Louis Gallien.
Taking part in the meeting will be Prime Minister of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov, FISU First Vice President, President of the Russian Student Sports Union Oleg Matytsin, the media department of the Kazan-2013 Executive Directorate told Itar-Tass.
“The Assembly will summarise and discuss prospects for the development of university sports on the planet,” Matytsin said. The main discussion will focus on the sports movement among Russia’s youth. “Mass preparations for the 2013 Universiade in Kazan has made it possible to create in our country a new system of Russian sports,” he added. This movement involved “hundreds of thousands of young people, hundreds of universities and tens of thousands of volunteers.”
“By the example of Kazan initiative is growing also in other regions of the country. New youth culture is being formed,” said the FISU first vice president. Two summer and two winter regional Universiades have been recently held in RF subjects. And the hosts of the 2013 World Student Games have had three world championships among students.
The meeting program also includes the introduction of amendments to the Constitution of the International University Sports Federation in accordance with the new requirements of the time.
The World Student Games for the first time were held in Russia in Moscow in 1973. For the second time they will be held in the capital of Tatarstan in the period from July 6 to 17, 2013 in 27 kinds of sports. About 13 thousand athletes from more than 170 countries will take part in the Universiade.