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Karim Massimov familiarizes with preparations for the Universiade

15 August 2016, 22:08
Photo: Официальный сайт Премьер-Министра РК

  The Prime Minister has inspected the construction of sports facilities and appreciated the readiness of Almaty for the Universiade.  

Karim Massimov visited the athletic village and arena in the new Ice Palace, which was built in Almaty for the World Universiade.

The largest Ice Palace in Central Asia has 12 thousand seats, there will be the opening and closing of the Winter Universiade and hockey competitions, short track speed skating and figure skating.

According to the deputy akim of Almaty S. Makezhanov, the construction of the main ice arena was completed at the level of 96%.

Next to the Ice Palace there is  the Athletic Village with  5 th. Seats,  sports facilities, a cinema, swimming pool, stadium and multi-story residential buildings. The total readiness of the facility is 90%. The city authorities promise to complete the construction of the Ice Arena and Athletic Village by 30 August.

Recall the 28th World Winter Universiade will be held in Almaty from January 28 to February 8, 2017. The upcoming Student Games will be attended by about two thousand athletes from 55 countries.

It is expected that the games of the Universiade in Almaty will be attended by more than 30 thousand foreign tourists, which  will bring a positive impact on the economic development of the city. It is particularly important that after the Universiade constructed social facilities, housing and sports facilities will be transferred to Almaty citizens.

"The Universiade should give new impetus to the city, improve its architectural appearance, increase the level of service in hotels, restaurants, public transport and sports facilities. All this will stimulate the small and medium businesses, increase the volume of services and  create new jobs, " the Head of State said at a meeting on development of Almaty and the city's preparation for the World Winter Universiade-2017 on February 16 this year.


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The Universiade is sports competitions among students around the world, which is conducted by the International University Sports Federation. Unlike the Olympic Summer and Winter Universiade  it is held every two years.

The program of the Winter Universiade-2017 includes 13 sports: biathlon, skiing, curling, speed skating, cross country skiing, ski jumping and snowboarding.