FISU heard an update from Krasnoyarsk 2019 on their final preparations before the Winter Universiade ©FISU

Venues for the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade have been given a seal of approval prior to the start of competition in the Russian city.

The status of the venues was discussed at a meeting with Krasnoyarsk 2019 officials and the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

FISU President Oleg Matytsin and secretary general Eric Saintrond led the meeting, along with Roger Roth, who chairs the organisation's International Technical Committee.

Krasnoyarsk 2019 director general Maxim Urazov outlined the status of the facilities with the sport and venue managers.

All the venues were deemed ready to host the Universiade, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday (March 2).

Preliminary rounds of bandy and ice hockey competitions are due to start on Friday (March 1), while athletes will train at venues in several other sports on the same day.

The meeting also saw FISU and Krasnoyarsk 2019 discuss the organisation of medical services, transportation and logistics for the athletes and officials.

The work of the sports venue personnel was also an area highlighted.

"We have travelled a long and difficult way from designing to construction to inspection of the venues," said Urazov.

"Now we are approaching the finish line.

"Just several days are left before the beginning of the vibrant event which Krasnoyarsk has been getting ready for.

"I am sure that Krasnoyarsk citizens and guests will witness an unforgettable sports festival."

Lucerne 2021 will seek to learn from organisers as they take part in an observer programme over the duration of the university sport event.

Their delegation is being led by Niklaus Bleiker, a former Cantonal Councillor in Obwalden and vice-president of Lucerne 2021.

He is joined by Lucerne 2021 managing director Urs Hunkeler.

FISU President Matytsin expressed his confidence in the organisers of the Universiade at the meeting.

Sport and venue managers were present to discuss the status of the facilities prior to the Universiade ©FISU
Sport and venue managers were present to discuss the status of the facilities prior to the Universiade ©FISU

He claimed their efforts would be appreciated by athletes and asserted that the residents of Krasnoyarsk would benefit from hosting the event.

"We have done a lot of teamwork that is coming to an end while the spectacular sports event we have been working on for five years is about to start," Matytsin said.

"I am sure that the result gained will be appreciated by all the athletes and guests of the Winter Universiade 2019.

"They will undoubtedly get much pleasure from the warm welcome and quality of the competitions.

"However, the most valuable thing for us is the knowledge that Krasnoyarsk citizens will get at this major international event.

"It is very important not only to preserve this legacy but also to pass on the experience to the organisers of the future Universiades."