Russian nationwide group to vie for medals in all competitions of 2019 Universiade

MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. The Russian national team eyes medals in all competitions at the 2019 Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month in Krasnoyarsk, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said at a bilateral meeting on Monday with President Vladimir Putin.

“We will be vying for any medal in all competitions [of the Universiade],” Kolobkov said. “We estimate the readiness of our national team’s athletes as positive.”

“I believe that spectators will like the performance of our national athletes,” the sports minister told Putin adding that the Russian team was set to win the gold in bandy, ice hockey, cross-country skiing, freestyle and snowboarding.

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.

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