KRASNOYARSK, March 1. /TASS/. Preventive measures against doping rules violations will be in force for the whole Russian national team ahead of the 2019 Winter Universiade in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Wednesday.
"Russian athletes will be participating in all disciplines (of 2019 Winter Universiade)," Kolobkov said at a session on the preparations for the 2019 Winter Universiade in the East Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which was also attended by President Vladimir Putin. "The national team’s roster will total some 400 people and it will be the largest team at the tournament."
"We will approve the extended roster by the end of 2017 and they will be undergoing training at our federal bases together with the athletes from the main national squad," Kolobkov said. "We will resort to testing events for the future successful performance."
"The most important, however, is that we will resort to preventive measures in regard to each athlete on the issue of the inadmissibility of doping abuse," the Russian sports minister added.
Krasnoyarsk, which has a population of over one million, was elected to host the 2019 Winter Universiade at the session of the FISU Executive Committee in Brussels in 2013. The event is scheduled for March 2-12, 2019.
The Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. The name of the international sports event is a combination of two words, which are ‘University’ and ‘Olympiad.’
It is only second to the Olympic Games. The program of the Winter Universiade currently includes 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country.