Oleg Matytsin attends floorball competitions in Kazan


The Russian Minister of Sport marked the readiness of Kazan and Tatarstan for the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022.

On May 6, the Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation Oleg Matytsin attended the All-Russian National Special Olympics Floorball and Unified Floorball Competitions as an honored guest. He met the athletes, wished them sports success and expressed appreciation to the tournament organizers. Besides, Mr Matytsin took part in the ball draw of one of the tournament matches.

“Such competitions are important both for the country and Tatarstan and the Special Olympics development. This movement are of great significance for the adaptation of people with intellectual disabilities. To be together through sport, to have opportunities of communication and self-fulfillment, to show that we value and care for all of them … Government pays a great deal of attention both to the development of sport and to sport as a mechanism of people’s social adaptation.”

It is especially essential in the lead-up to the Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held in Kazan next year. This is a test event. Kazan and Tatarstan both possess many years of strikingly successful experience in staging the most large-scale international sports forums, but each event is one-of-its-kind. The competitions that are in full swing now will yet another time help understand each other and make an international festival next year in as comfortable conditions as possible. It is exceptionally important during the pandemic when we face certain restrictions.

Nevertheless, sport generates the energy, allows strengthening social immunity. Republic of Tatarstan and Kazan are among the leaders in the Russian Federation that do not impose excessive restrictions but keep on organizing sports event following the Rospotrebnadzor requirements (Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare). This is an example and a kind of locomotive that lets other countries and regions believe that we will overcome any hardships.

Kazan is ready for the Games to the maximum. Here is a team of professionals and modern infrastructure. I am absolutely certain that experience, professionalism and well-coordinated teamwork will lead to the successful delivery of the Special Olympics in 2022,” stated the Russian Minister of Sport Oleg Matytsin.