Praise for Kazan 2013

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has praised the impeccable work of volunteers at the World Summer University Games in Kazan. He added that they had set a good example for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Around 20,000 aides worked in over 40 locations.

"Thank you very much. You did a good job. This is a very good example for the Sochi Olympic Games. I hope we are going to see you there because we will need your work. As for Kazan, you have been impeccable. Thank you very much,” Medvedev told the volunteers during his visit to the University Games Village towards the end of the event in July 2013.

The prime minister also said that everybody had become convinced that Kazan had organised the best Universiade in the history of World Students Games.

Among other Games locations, Medvedev visited the Games control centre, a single management system that coordinated the activities of the volunteers and made it possible to make prompt decisions in emergency situations.

The centre worked round-the-clock. All the problems were classified into three categories: “problem”, “incident” and “crisis”. The centre dealt with problems and incidents.

Medvedev learnt that 420 emergencies had occurred during the Kazan World Student Games but that all had been solved by the centre’s experts. For example, one of the incidents was linked to bad weather when outdoor competitions had to be put off to later time because of rain.

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