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Medvedev hands Certificates of Merit to Kazan Universiade winners

January 31, 2014, 19:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"The Russian team’s victory was bright and convincing — almost 300 medals of which more than half were gold," the prime minister said

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MOSCOW, January 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday presented the Russian president’s Certificates of Merit to the winners of the 2013 World Summer University Games held in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan.

“The Russian team’s victory was bright and convincing — almost 300 medals of which more than half were gold; Russian athletes won all gold medals in two kinds of sport; four Russian athletes became four-times University Games champions; many won three or two medals,” Medvedev said.

“The result was good. For each of you it was not just a sport holiday but an endurance test for the entire student team,” the Russian prime minister went on to say.

Thirty-five athletes who received Certificates of Merit at today’s ceremony represented various institutions of high learning, including the Far Eastern Federal University; the Urals Federal University; the Moscow University of Industry and Finance; the Russian State University of Oil and Gas as well as a number of higher educational establishments specializing in physical culture and sport.

After the ceremony, Medvedev told the students that the Certificates of Merit were state awards which they should always mention in their biographies and CVs. The prime minister wished all the best and success in sport and personal lives to the University Games winners.

“The atmosphere in Kazan was wonderful. The only bad thing was food. There was too much of it and they fed us like prize turkeys,” Medvedev said.

He added that one day in Kazan was enough for him and Sport Minister Vitaly Muto to feel the full taste of Tatar hospitality. “But all the rest was formidable,” the Russian prime minister said.

The Russian prime minister also suggested awarding volunteers who work well at major sport events.

Medvedev said that the authorities had tried to use the experience of the Kazan University Games when they prepared the infrastructure for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and organized the work of volunteers who created a special atmosphere at stadiums, helping athletes and fans.

Medvedev told Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko that he could think of ways of awarding the best volunteers for doing a good job.

“I would say that we could even think of awarding the most volunteering volunteers,” the Russian prime minister said.

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