KAZAN, November 10. /TASS/. The capital of Tatarstan Kazan participated on Saturday in the Torch Relay for 2019 Universiade, which will be held in 2019 in Krasnoyarsk.
"We are participating in the torch relay, the 29th Winter Universiade will be held in Krasnoyarsk. Tatarstan participated in the application process, we are taking part in the preparations for this event," Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov said.
The 2019 Universiade torch relay has begun on September 20 in the Italian city of Turin. The event organizers informed TASS that during the ceremony, they lit a flame, which will be delivered to Krasnoyarsk for the 2019 Winter Universiade.
The torch relay begins in Turin, as it was the first city to host the Universiade in 1959, the organizer explained. Besides, September 20 is the International Day of University Sport.
The Universiade flame will then be delivered to Almaty, and then to Harbin (China). It will then embark on a long journey through the Russian territory, where it would pass through dozens of cities with major Russian universities, including Moscow, Arkhangelsk, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Simferopol, Rostov-on-Don, Stavropol, Grozny, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Abakan, and Kyzyl.
In total, 665 torchbearers will participate in the 164-day long relay. The torch relay will finish in Krasnoyarsk on March 1, 2019. On March 2, the opening ceremony of the 2019 Universiade will begin. The participants will compete in the following sports: biathlon, alpine skiing, curling, cross-country skiing, orienteering, figure skating, freestyle, ice and field hockey, short-track skating.