Bashkortostan will open the Big Olympic Year in Russia
Russia and the capital of Bashkortostan are chosen the place for holding the VI International Winter Pupils Games in 2013. Such decision has been made on August in Lanarkshire, Scotland, during the gathering of the Games’ steering committee. Thereby the Republic will open the series of the largest international sport competitions in Russian Federation in 2013, which are to be completed by the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.
The leadership of the International Pupils Games has visited Bashkortostan by invitation of the President RB Rustem Khamitov in July 2011. The President of the International Pupils Games Torstein Rush and the General Secretary Richard Smith inspected the Republican sport and infrastructural objects.
“We are happy to see this trust, confided to the country and our Republic by the steering committee” – the President RB Rustem Khamitov said – “Bashkortostan will receive the International Pupils Games in 2013 and these games will be held in Russia for the first time. I am sure we will hold these competitions on the worthy level. Moreover, these Games will become the start in the line of the biggest sport competitions of pre-Olympic and Olympic Year in Russia. Children will compete in Ufa in February-March 2013, students and youth will meet in summer-2013 in Kazan at the World Student Games and this sport marathon will be over in 2014 by the Winter Olympic Games-2014 in Sochi”.
For the reference: the International Pupils Games are the international sport competitions for children and teenagers at the age 12-15, held with the assistance of the International Olympic Committee. The Games were for the first time organized by the sport instructor from Slovenia Method Clemens in 1968. Since then 44 summer and 5 winter international pupils games have been held in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Hungary, Ukraine, Canada, Greece, Romania, Czechia, Poland, the USA and other countries. The last winter International Pupils Games were held in Canada in January 2011 and 700 sportsmen were taking part in it, competing in mountain skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, curling and hockey.