Krasnoyarsk wins 2019 Winter Universiade bid

The Russian city of Krasnoyarsk was officially named the host city of the 2019 Winter University Games at the FISU Executive Committee meeting in Brussels!

The industrial center of 1 million about halfway between Novosibirsk and Lake Baikal in the depths of Siberia was the sole applicant for the Games, after its rival Swiss district of Valais withdrew its candidacy last month.

While winter temperatures in Krasnoyarsk regularly dip down to minus 20 degrees Celsius, it is advantageously located near prime skiing territory in the Sayan Mountain Range.

“There are already a large number of athletes in the city of Krasnoyarsk, and now we hope to welcome students from all around the world,” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was quoted as saying on FISU website.

“Krasnoyarsk is a young and dynamic city. It registered a million residents last year, which shows just how vibrant it is. So we think it is very important to make the world notice us to give the city a second breath. It’s vital to let the residents of other Russian cities, regions and the world know we are here and give them an opportunity to learn about us.

On the other hand, we’d like to look closer at people living around us and take the best from them. But the most important thing is to show that we share the same values with them, irrespective of different languages that we speak.”

The 2019 Krasnoyarsk Universiade will be held from March 2 to 12. Russia’s figure skating legend Alexei Yagudin has been appointed the official envoy of the Games. FISU President Claude-Louis Gallien told reporters the Federation was happy to work with Russia again. He praised the 2014 Kazan Summer Universiade saying it had showed the country as a fine organizer that can handle world-class events.