The tournament in Ufa will include five sports: judo, swimming, climbing, athletics, and fencing.
(KZN.RU, July 9, Alena Miroshnichenko). 18 young Kazan athletes will perform for the first time at the International Children's Games. Today, together with 7 coaches, they went to Ufa, where they will compete in five sports: judo, swimming, climbing, athletics, and fencing.
“Kazan gathered a team of the best athletes. The selection was quite tough, we looked at the level of their performance at the Russian Championship”, said Linar Garipov, the deputy chairman of the Committee for Physical Culture and Sports and the head of the Department for Sports Events.
The athletics team has 6 members: 4 boys and 2 girls. “Of course, we have a lot of worthy athletes, but we took the very best”, said Irina Vostrikova, an Honored Master of Sports in Athletics, the head coach of the Kazan national team in this sport. She noted that, despite the lack of experience of participation in international competitions, young athletes have repeatedly become winners of competitions at various levels. “We were training hard, the children are ready. Everything is in a good state, we are experienced fighters. I think the nerves will not let us down, and I hope for good performance”, said the coach.
Unlike athletes, members of the fencing team already have experience in participating in international tournaments. Thus, Azaliya Abdullina, one of the athletes, has been fencing for 8 years; one of the last competitions where she participated was held in Poland. “We fence with athletes from other countries, learn them, get new experience. But we must always show that our country is the best, we must be the first”, believes the young fencer.
Svetlana Vostrikova, the chairman of the Committee of Physical Culture and Sports, held the International Children's Games in the capital of Bashkortostan. The tournament will be held in Ufa from 9 to 14 of July. In total, the competition will bring together more than 1500 children aged 12 to 15 years, as well as 4000 guests and families accompanying them. Children from all over the world will compete in 9 sports.