Fencing. U23 Euro took place in Kazan
European Fencing U23 Championships was successfully held at the Wrestling Palace of “Ak Bars” in Kazan, Russia. The Wrestling Palace is the 2013 Universiade venue, and consequently, it was supposed to stage the first ever fencing Test Event in Kazan.
Home Euro turned to be a success for the team Russia. Russian fencers celebrated a confident win in overall, collecting 9 gold out of 12, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. Italy went second, significantly loosing to the hosts with their two wins. Poland ranked third, nailing just one top podium spot at the Kazan Euro-2011.
Participants and guests of the European Fencing U23 Championships were pleased to share their positive impressions from Kazan.
«The venue is almost perfect! Organisers have done a great job!, - exclaims Jan Frantisek, European Fencing Confederation President. – We didn’t expect to have here such a top fencing facilities to match not just Euro, but World Championships! This was a pleasant surprise for all the participants of the U23 Euro. I’m pretty convinced, that we will come back to Kazan not just once”.
Beach volleyball. CEV Cup Zonal Stage as a Test Event for the 2013 Universiade
Zonal phase of the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup took place within 1- 4 June, 2011 at the courts of the Kazan Wrestling Palace “Ak Bars”, which were specially constructed for the events.
Kazan was lucky to have beach volley competitions the second year in a row as a 2013 Universiade Test Events. Actually, the Continental Cup is a comparatively new tournament, set by FIVB in April, 2009, however, the stakes were promising and inspiring. The main objective for the participants of the Kazan tournament was qualification passes to the 2012 London Olympics.
Russia and Netherlands played out the Olympic ticket in the women’s tournament, and Russian men squads met Latvians in the final. Luck played for the guests that time, and the hosts failed to snatch wins in both finals. As a result, women team of Netherlands and Latvians awarded the ticket to the final round of the CEV Cup and increased their Olympic chances, while Russians will proceed earning tickets in the semi-final stage of the tournament.
Academy’s students will go to Shenzhen
A number of students of the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism are likely to enter the Russian National squad for the 2011 Shenzhen World Summer Universiade. At least two out of nine Academy’s candidates for the trip have already awarded the tickets to China. They are Ruslan Bayazitov (athletics, bronze medalist of the 2009 Belgrade Universiade in the 4x400m relay), Regina Kapayeva (judo) and Gennady Muratov (weightlifting). The other six are supposed to do their best to win the passes, among them Olga Zakharova and Alina Rybakova (synchronized swimming), Sergey Mikhailovsky (long jump), Igor Golovin (1500m, 3000m), Alina Minsharipova (swimming) and Marina Makarova (cycling).