28 July 2016, Thursday, 19:29
UFA, 28 July 2016. /Bashinform News Agency, Alexander Smirnov/. On July 28, the Head of Bashkortostan met with the President of the Russian Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretiak. The sides discussed prospects of hockey development in the republic.
“It is widely known that our republic is a hockey territory. We have more than 20 thousand people involved in hockey. We have about 400 outdoor and 14 indoor rinks, i.e. with artificial ice.”
The Head of the Republic noted that professional, as well as children's and youth sports were developing in Bashkortostan. A major draw for the younger players is success of HC Salavat Yulaev, which last season won the bronze medal in the championship of Russia; the women's team "Agidel", which became the silver medalist of the Women's Hockey League; HC Gornyak (Uchaly), which won Junior Hockey League Championships.
“Ice hockey is a very important sport for the republic, for children, young people, professionals,” said Rustem Khamitov. “In January, we will host an All-Star Game of the Kontinental Hockey League. We would like to receive your assistance in holding the Week of Hockey anticipating the All-Star Game. First of all, we need this support in conducting children, youth competitions and veterans competitions. Also, we would like to arrange a holiday for children — winners of these competitions, which could come at the All-Star Game. In addition, we could hold master classes for these children. Such will be the Hockey Week prior to KHL All-Star Game.
Vladislav Tretiak supported the idea and promised to render necessary assistance.
“It is very good that you are holding the Hockey Week. Maybe we will take it as a pilot option in other republics and areas and will carry out a similar Hockey Week. Because it really brings people together — children, youths, masters and veterans. This is a great benefit to the promotion of hockey”, the President of the Russian Hockey Federation marked. “I have no doubt that you will conduct all the activities at a high level.”
At present, the Russian President Vladimir Putin set a task of further hockey development, the construction of new stadiums and rinks.
Rustem Khamitov has also raised an issue of creating a specialized youth Hockey Academy in Ufa.
“It will be difficult to move forward without the Academy, because not only players but also the coaches will be trained there,” said Vladislav Tretiak. “We are ready to help. It is very important for us. This year we are opening a facility in Yaroslavl, our first "touchstone". There our national team and coaches will live. It will have modern gyms. Of course, we will share everything with you. In the future, when the Academy appears, it will become a centre of attraction for your neighbours, it will prepare good players for the Russian hockey.”