Russia set to become centre of sports world
On 28 May 2013, the SportAccord International Convention officially opened its doors at Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, with over 80 participating organisations including sports industry representatives, host cities, and committees involved in planning and holding high-level international competitions.
Among those taking part in the convention was Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko, who called SportAccord the largest event in the sporting world. He also noted the broad agenda, with discussions ranging from Olympics planning to the problem of illegal sports betting.
One of the most actively debated topics is whether wrestling will be included in future Olympic Games. According to the Minister, the odds are good: “The entire IOC General Assembly for the Summer Games expressed its support, and Russia also expressed its backing for the International Federation.” A presentation on wrestling as a sport will be given at SportAccord during a session of the IOC Executive Board, and the final decision will be made in September of this year.
Vitaly Mutko said that he was sure that Russia would be the very centre of the sporting world between 2013 and 2018, citing the readiness of the regions which are to host leading international sporting events: the 2nd World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, and the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. “The construction of 30 new high-tech sports facilities in Kazan, the enormous preparations for the Games in Sochi, and the stadium on Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg will all be completed on time”, noted the Minister, highlighting the existence of a major stadium with over 60,000 seats that will allow the city to bid to host the European Football Championship in 2020.
Arabia-Expo and the 11th Russian-Arab Business Council will open at Lenexpo Exhibition Complex on 30 May. This will be the first time that St. Petersburg has hosted these events, which play a significant role in strengthening Russian-Arab relations.
On 28 May 2013, the SportAccord International Convention was officially opened at Lenexpo On 28 May 2013, the SportAccord International Convention was officially opened at Lenexpo Exhibition Complex. St. Petersburg became the first Russian city to host representatives of Olympic committees and international sporting federations as they discuss global questions regarding the development of world sport.
The SportAccord International Convention is taking place from 26Ц31 May 2013 at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex. Experts speculate that the international sports summit, being held in Russia for the first time this year, will provide a significant boost to the St. Petersburg economy.
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