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Sochi Olympics to sum up results of sports development in past 5 years - minister

February 07, 2014, 19:20 UTC+3 SOCHI
The Olympic Games in Sochi will sum up the results of the development of Russia’s sports industry in the past five years, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko told Itar-Tass Friday
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Vitaly Mutko

Vitaly Mutko

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SOCHI, February 07, 19:02 /ITAR-TASS/. The Olympic Games in Sochi will sum up the results of the development of Russia’s sports industry in the past five years, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko told Itar-Tass on Friday after an informal meeting with his counterparts from participating countries.

“It is very important for us that the Olympic programme features new sports disciplines that enjoy high popularity among the youth,” he said. “Watching the performance of world sport stars, millions of Russian boys and girls will go in for these sports. It is also very important that thanks to the Games we will be able to demonstrate to the entire world the new image of Russia.”

The minister cited the World Student Games 2013 in Russia’s Kazan as a good example of appropriate approach to organizing comprehensive sports competitions. “A wonderful infrastructure was created in Kazan and no addition investments will be needed to organize new sports events,” Mutko noted. “In the years to come,

Tatarstan’s capital city [Kazan] will host world fencing championships, world aquatic championships, youth world championships in athletics in 2016, Confederations Cup matches and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kazan has become a modern European city before our eyes.”

He also said that at a meeting with his colleagues they had discussed an issue about negative aspects hampering the development of sports. “We considered a draft convention against manipulation of sports competitions,” the Russian minister said. “It provides for the harmonization of legislations of all countries concerning efforts to prevent fixed matches and fan violence. Participants noted the Russian sports ministry’s positive efforts to this effect.

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