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MOSCOW, March 19 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kazan to inspect the run-up to the 27th World Summer University Games in 2013 and will hold a meeting of the Russian Presidential Council for Physical Culture and Sports, which will be devoted to the preparations to the University Games.
The president is expected to visit the Palace of Aquatic Sports, the football stadium Kazan-Arena for 45,000 seats, as well as the Gymnastics Centre, the Kazan Tennis Academy and will watch the miniature models of the Universiade Village. The foresaid Universiade sites are fully put into operation and are ready to receive the guests.
In particular, opening and closing ceremonies of the University Games will be held at the stadium on July 6–17. The numerous team of the organizers and members of the International University Sports Federation and the main media centre of the Universiade, the sector for the meetings of the heads of the delegations and a centre of religions will be placed at the stadium. The Kazan-Arena stadium will host several matches of the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
The Palace of Aquatic Sports, which is equipped with three swimming pools, will host the first trial competitions in April, a Grand Prix tournament in highboard diving of the International Swimming Federation /FINA/. It will be the central facility at the World Swimming Championship in 2015.
The Gymnastics Centre and the Tennis Academy are also among the main Universiade sites.