Sergey Gnizdylo: 'Winter Universiade 2019 Flame was an event of supreme importance for Simferopol'
The ceremony of handing over the Universiade Flame and sets of medals of the Winter Universiade 2019 took place at Crimean Federal University named after Vernadsky in Simferopol.
The solemn event was attended by Sergey Gnizdylo, First Deputy Minister of Sport of the Republic of Crimea, Aleksandr Lupashko, Head of the Department of Youth, Sports and Tourism of Simferopol City Administration, Andrey Falaleev, Acting Rector of Crimean Federal University, Stella Alekseeva, Deputy Head of the Directorate of the Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk 2019 and students of the university.
'Winter Universiade 2019 Flame was an event of supreme importance for Simferopol,' Mr Gnizdylo noted. 'People living in the Republic of Crimea, including thousands of Russians, got an opportunity to participate in this big celebration of sports. Today we had a chance to remember once again the highlights of the Games and achievements of our national team in Krasnoyarsk.'
In her turn, Stella Alekseeva thanked all organizers of the Winter Universiade 2019 Flame for their dedication and assistance. 'I'm very happy that we didn't face the lack of interest in any of 30 cities of the Russian stage of the Flame. In all cities, we got support and assistance in making the Universiade Flame bright and memorable. I was very glad to see the eyes of volunteers and fans glowing with enthusiasm. I hope that you will have the memories of this event for a long time.'
Let us remind that Simferopol was one of 30 cities of Russia that held the Flame in the run-up to the Winter Universiade 2019. The capital of the Republic of Crimea welcomed the symbol of the Games on October 6, 2018. The Flame started at Crimean Federal University named after Vernadsky. Then, the flame bearers ran by such well-known city attractions as Botanic Garden named after N.V. Bagrov, Milgauzen House, Pioneers Palace, Kuybyshev Square, Forged Figures Park, State Academic Musical Theatre and finished at Lenin Square. The total route length was 5,200 m. The Flame was carried through the streets of the city by 25 flame bearers, including Artur Ayvazyan, Olympic champion in shooting, Nail Mukhamedyarov, Olympic silver prize winner in weightlifting, Sergei Dotsenko, Olympic silver prize winner in boxing, Chairman of the Regional Office of the Russian Student Sports Union of the Republic of Crimea and others.
Photo: Press-service of Crimean Federal University named after Vernadsky.