MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Fighting to win the gold will be the main task both for the Russian men and women’s national ice hockey teams at the 2019 Winter Universiade, Vladislav Tretiak, the president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF), said on Thursday.
"We will be all cheering for the men and women’s national teams in early March during the Winter Universiade, which will be hosted by our country in Krasnoyars," the official website of the RHF quoted Tretiak as saying. "The task for the each team is to fight for the gold of the ice hockey competitions."
The Russian national team is scheduled to play its group stage matches of the 2019 Universiade against Slovakia (March 1), Japan (March 3), the United States (March 5), Hungary (March 7) and the Czech Republic (March 8). The other group will see the games of the national teams from Canada, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Switzerland, Sweden and the Great Britain.
The Russian national women’s ice hockey team is set to play against Switzerland (March 1), China (March 3), Japan (March 4), the United States (March 6) and Canada (March 8).
The Russian Siberian city of 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.
The 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk offers 76 sets of medals in 11 sports competitions, which are Alpine Skiing, Curling, Biathlon, Figure Skating, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, Short Track Speed Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Bandy and Ski Orienteering.