The creation of a federal centre for training Russian national teams and modern sport and tourism clusters in Crimea will be the main theme of the session “Integration Through Sport” to be held at the III Yalta International Economic Forum on 20 April, Co-Chairman of the YIEF Organizing Committee announced.
“The session will discuss in a hands-on fashion the development of the sports infrastructure already under way in Crimea as part of the Federal Targeted Programme and some breakthrough investment projects. Under the Programme, by 2020 five sports facilities in Crimea will be modernized, and Russian national teams will be able to hone their skills with an eye to the 2020 Olympics at a camp set up on the basis of the legendary Spartak Centre in Alushta. Sport can also ensure year-round operation of the holiday resort. Last winter National Football League clubs and junior teams attracted huge crowds to the peninsula. The head of the Crimean Football Union Yuri Vetokha will present the project of a football cluster in Yevpatoriya which will provide an alternative to foreign training camps. The Mountain Crimea concept on Chatyr-Dag draws on the successful experience of multifunctional year-round ski resorts in Sochi and on Sakhalin,” Georgy Bryusov said.
The session will be attended by Russia’s Deputy Minister of Sport Natalia Parshikova, the Republic of Crimea Minister of Sport Yelizaveta Kozhicheva, President of the Russian Wrestling Federation and Olympic champion Mikhail Mamiashvili, President of the Russian Cycling Federation and three-times Olympic champion Vyacheslav Ekimov, President of the Crimean Football Union Yuri Vetokha and football star Andrey Kanchelskis.
On 22 April the II Crimean Corporate Games will be held under YIEF aegis. The first such games held at YIEF last year set a new trend which has been taken up by economic forums in St.Petersbug, Vladivostok and Sochi. Starting from this year they will be included in the Russian Sport Ministry’s Integrated Schedule.
“The games will be held in Alushta at the Spartak base where 150 Soviet and Russian Olympic champions in wrestling, boxing, volleyball, handball, fencing and other sports trained at various times. About 20 government and commercial entities have already applied to take part, that’s about 400 participants, but not all of them will be able to take part in panel discussions. So the sport programme will enable more people to become part of the important event and will help to bring the Forum participants and the people of Crimea close together,” Georgy Bryusov stressed.
The programme of the II Crimean Corporate Games includes mini-football, basketball, football, chess, checkers, 100 m and 800 m races, tug-of-war, arm wrestling, weightlifting, pull-ups, push-ups and darts.