Flag of the World winter Universiade is transferred to the mayor of Krasnoyarsk
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Flag of the World winter Universiade is transferred to the mayor of Krasnoyarsk

09 February, 11:19 270
Flag of the World winter Universiade is transferred to the mayor of Krasnoyarsk

During the closing ceremony the Universiade 2017, flag from hands of Almaty mayor Bauyrzhan Baybek has been transferred to the mayor of Krasnoyarsk Edkham Akbulatov. This city will become the capital of the next winter student's Games in 2019, BNews.kz correspondent reports.

During the closing ceremony the mayor of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baybek has delivered a speech as a sign of the end of the Universiade 2017.

“Dear friends, athletes, and guests of the Universiade! The last few days have become a triumph of youth, the will to victory and major sport achievements. The commendable performance of the athletes is a result of their zealous work and a concerted effort of coaches and teams. This year’s Games will remain in history for several reasons. First of all, the 28th World Winter Universiade has gone down on a high level, despite the austere budget. Secondly, more than one billion television spectators and sport fans watched the Almaty Games. They will all remember the Universiade as a large-scale event that has gathered athletes from 57 countries. Thirdly, the Almaty Universiade is leaving a grand legacy. We have witnessed the building of modern and hi-tech venues in a short period of time. Almaty Arena and Halyk Arena stadiums, cultural and healthcare facilities, residential buildings and the Publiс Service Center will all serve for the benefit of the residents of Almaty and the citizens of our country,” said Bakytzhan Sagintayev.  

After the speech the mayor of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baybek gave a flag of the World Universiade to the mayor of Krasnoyarsk of the Russian Federation Edkham Akbulatov who, in turn, thanked a management Almaty and Kazakhstan for hospitality.

“I sincerely expect Krasnoyarsk to worthily act as the Universiade host city. We will make every possible effort for this to happen. I extend my gratitude to FISU whose work makes young athletes’ dreams happen. The efforts of FISU nurture new champions and help the youth of the world to be closer to each other! I thank Almaty for a distinct atmosphere of eastern hospitality, colorful victories and sincere emotions!” said Edkham Akbulatov.  

The World Winter Universiade in Almaty was officially declared closed when the Universiade flame was extinguished. Kazakhstan’s pop stars closed the ceremony. Among them, were such popular artists as Ali Okapov, Ademi, Jah Khalib and others. Together with the singers, athletes from different countries, who demonstrated their dancing talents, entered the stage. They were assisted by 150 professional dancers.