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President Putin congratulates national athletes with achievements at 2017 Universiade

August 28, 15:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The 29th edition of the FISU Summer Universiade is held in Taiwan’s Taipei between August 19 and 30

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MOSCOW, August 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin extended his congratulations to national athletes, who keep winning medals at the 2017 FISU Summer Universiade, currently underway in Taiwan’s Taipei.

According to the congratulatory message posted on the Kremlin website, the president particularly stressed the achievements of divers Ilya Zakharov and Yevgeny Kuznetsov, weightlifter Yegor Klimonov, taekwondo fighter Rafail Ayukayev and of men’s epee fencing team (Dmitry Gusev, Alan Fardzinov, Sergei Bida and Georgy Bruyev).

The 29th edition of the FISU Summer Universiade is held in Taiwan’s Taipei between August 19 and 30 and is featuring 14 compulsory disciplines, seven optional disciplines and one demonstration discipline (billiards).

Russian track and field athletes are missing the international tournament in Taiwan since the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) keeps in force the provisional suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership.

According to the official FISU website, the Summer 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 Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country.

The first Summer Universiade was held in Italy’s Turin in 1959 and the most recent in 2015 in the South Korean city of Gwangju.

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