Russia's Federal Centre for training sports teams will be completed in the Yalta suburb of Alushte by 2020. The investment involved in the project will be 2.2 billion roubles. Developing sports infrastructure in Crimea and Sevastopol was the major theme of the “Through Sport To Integration” discussion held at the 3rdYalta International Economic Forum.
“Sport plays a major role in Crimean development. We can achieve great things together”, the Head of the Crimean Republic stated whilst wishing success to the participants of the “Through Sport To Integration” session. “We place great importance on the issue of training Russian sports teams in Crimea. The favourable climate and unique landscape of the peninsula make it possible to create a modern sports infrastructure here in the upcoming future” said the Deputy Russian Minister for Sport, Natalya Parshikova, addressing the delegate audience.
The President of the Russian Federation of Martial Arts, Olympic Champion Mikhail Mamiashvili emphasised that martial arts athletes are counting on the development of the Krymsky centre in Alushte as part of the preparations for the 2020 Olympics. “Most Olympic champions in martial arts, in both Soviet and Russian times came and sweated it out at Alushte when training. Crimea's special climate really helps athletes recuperate after their performances, more so than anywhere else. I know that from my own personal experience” Mamiashvili confirmed.
With the support of federal special-target programs, modernised facilities will be built at the Crimea Teams Centre by 2020, the Olympic Reserve School,, and a Marksmanship School in Simferopol. There'll be a Sports Palace built in Evpatoria and a new stadium named Avangarde in Yalta. Meanwhile in Sevastopol the Gornyak stadium is being rebuilt, along with a sports health complex. The overall total of investment in these projects is estimated at 4.5 billion roubles.
Another way of developing Crimea's sports facilities will be through public-private partnership (PPP). “The average break-even for sports facilities built through PPP is 7-8 years, but the main point is that the state should assist in making the land available on a non-commercial basis” said the Director of the Russian state Working Group for implementing PPP projects in sports projects, Mr Dmitry Svishev, when addressing the session delegates on the topic of setting up a similar working group in Crimea.
The President of the Russian Cycle Sport Federation – three-time Olympic Champion Vyacheslav Ekimov – gave details of plans to implement a PPP scheme in Crimea in order to create a cycling training centre for the Russian team in Crimea. “The principle issue for the investors is the land – and here in Crimea the local authorities take a positive attitude to that question. We are working on a possible plot of land near to Simferepol. We need no less than 18 hectares if we're to build a track, a covered BMX complex, and provide bike tracks for the entire facility”, Mr Ekimov stated to the session delegates. He went on to repeat that Crimea is the priority region for creating facilities for Russia's national sports teams.
The Crimean Minister for Sport, Elizaveta Kozhicheva, presented two investment projects – the Krym-Sport sports centre in Feodosia, and the Bakhchisarai sports park. The required investment for these projects is 670 and 950 million roubles respectively.
A plot of land totalling 62 hectares has been made available in Evpatoria with the intention of creating a football cluster to provide training facilities. “This location is situated between the existing football sites of Arena-Krym and Evolutsii, whose usage is already maxed-out in current seasons of the Russian League”, said the President of the Crimean Football Union, Mr Yuri Vetokha. The ambassador for this project will be a major player from Russia's football history, a twice-capped champion in England for Manchester United, Andrei Kanchelskis. “This is a great project. It's definitely needed”, the legendary player confirmed.
“This is the second time YIEF has held a panel session on sport. A year ago our discussions focussed more on prospects and opportunities. Yet today most of the sites on our list are already being processed by state expert committees, and by winter they are expected to be under construction. There have been real breakthroughs in sports investment projects. The positive trend is very clear”, confirmed Georgy Briusov, the co-chairman of YIEF's Organiser's Committee.
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The Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) is an annual international business event centred on economics, and held in Crimea. YMEF is rated among the Top Four economic forums in Russia – alongside the St Petersburg Economic Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum, and the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi.
The Forum's organisers are the Government of the Crimean Republic, and The Yalta International Economic Forum Foundation, with the support of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation.
This year's YIEF event, which takes place over 20th, 21st and 22n April, has gathered more than 1500 attendees, including over 150 international participants from over 40 different countries. The most numerous of the foreign delegations attending YIEF this year has been from Italy – with over 50 delegates attending.
The primary venue for the Forum, as in previous years, is the MRIYA RESORT & SPA hotel – while a series of events is also being held at the Livadia Palace, and at other venue locations located along the southern shores of Crimea.
The program for YIEF-2017 features more than 29 business events, 25 themed sessions, a central feature session devoted to developments in Crimea's construction sector, and the keynote discussion at YIEF, the main plenary session – which is divided into three thematic sections – 'World', 'Country', and 'People'. The 'World' section throws the focus onto the economic situation in Russia through the prism of international business. It's envisaged to look at issues of Russia's place in the world economy, Russian experience as a business partner, and a discussion of the opportunities which Russia presents for international investors. During the 'Country' section Forum participants will be focusing on the potential for Russia to develop an innovation-based economy that will meet tomorrow's needs. During the 'People' section social issues and care for the environment will take centre-stage.
On the sidelines of YIEF-2017 it is expected that a slew of Agreements, Contracts, and Memorandums will be signed. According to information from the Ministry of Ecnoomic Development of the Crimean Republic, the sums involved in the expected agreements and memorandums for projects will top 53 billion Russian roubles in committed investment funds.
Crimea's investment potential is highlighted in a special exhibition of investment projects due to run for the entire three days of the Forum. Forum participants will be presenting over 35 projects and sites which are already at the green-light stage for investment, as well as examples of major investment and infrastructure projects which are already up-and-running.
The business program for the closing day of YIEF-2017 offers individual meetings with the Head of the Crimean Republic, Mr Sergey Aksionov, for official delegations, investors, and members of the business community.
The Cultural Program of the Forum will include a performance by the Severny Gorod (Northern City) orchestra, under its director Mr Fabio Pirola; a rally of old-timer vehicles; and excursions to different historic heritage locations along the southern shores of Crimea.
An important element of YIEF-2017 will be sports events for business program participants, which will continue throughout the whole period of the Forum. Under the aegis of YIEF-2017, the IInd Crimean Corporate Games will be held. These include mini-football, basketball, football, chess, checkers, 100m and 800m sprint runs, tug-'o-war, arm-wrestling, kettle-bell, weightlifting, press-ups, and darts. Nearly 400 people are expected to participate.
Last year's YIEF-2016 took place over 14th to 16th April, and attracted over 1100 people – including governmental figures, members of the business community, and economic experts. Among the visitors were more than 70 international participants from 26 different countries. These included business leaders, politicians, and other significant opinion-formers. This was the largest number to date of foreign business visitors to Crimea since the peninsula reunited with Russia.
YIEF-2016 saw the inking of 12 different investment agreements, to a total value of over 70 billion roubles – as well as the development of mechanisms to protect the economic interests of foreign investors interested in investing in Crimea, so that they remain unaffected by the malign effects of western sanctions imposed on Russia. The Forum played host to the signing of contract for building a new terminal for Simferopol International Airport, whose total contract value amounted to 32 billion roubles. This made it the most valuable investment project in the history of the Crimean Republic.
Straregic YIEF-2017 Partner – VAD Corporation. General YIEF-2017 Partners RNKB Bank PAO, Sibavtoban Corporation, and Mirya Resort & Spa hotel complex. Official YIEF-2017 partner – AB ROSSIYA Corporation. Key YIEF-2017 partners include KubanEnergo Public Corporation; Titanovie Investitsiy Corp; Crimean Soda Works Corp; Morskaya Direktsiya Corp; Parangon State Corp; Crimean Fruits Company.
A huge raft of different companies have stepped forward as partners of Forum Sessions.
The work YIEF-2017 is reported and broadcast by over 250 different Russian and international media organisations.
The YIEF-2017 Strategic Information Partner is TASS. YIEF-2017 General Information Partners are the Russia Today, Rossiya Segodnya, Perviy Krymsky and Krym-24 TV channels; Radio Krym; MIA Rossiya Segodnya. and Komsomolskaya Pravda. General Internet Information Partners are: RNS, Lenta.ru, and Gazeta.ru.
Special Information Partners of the Forum's proceedings are Vedomosti, RBK television channel, and RIA Novosti Krym.
The official radio station for the Forum is Radio Sputnik Krym, Official Information Partners are PRIME and Rossiya Segodnya.
Additional information partners of the Forum include Rossiyskaya Gazeta; Delovoy Krym magazine; Interfax-Yug information agency; Strana television channel; Izvestia; NIA-Federatsiya; Krymskaya Gazeta; Krymskoe Informatsionnoye Agenstsvo (KIA); Kryminform corporation' Krymsky Journal; and Ekonomika i Zhizn'.