NATALIA KOMAROVA AND ANDERS BESSEBERG MET JOURNALISTS

The governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova and the President of International Biathlon Union Anders Besseberg have participated in the press-point upon the end of the Opening Ceremony of Biathlon World Cup Final.

One more time Natalia Komarova has assured journalists that the city is absolutely ready for hosting this big sport event.

— We are looking forward to the competitions we were organizing so thoroughly. Of cause, it is clear that athlete will have a lot of tough work here but spectators will also have to take part in the process – they will need to get a response to their emotions. As Ander Besseberg joked, we even settled out the issue with weather, our snow is natural and we expect the temperature will be comfortable for athletes.

The organizing committee has inspected all the venues, the final works are being done and, as far as I know, everything goes in accordance with our plans. The stadium is ready, so are the athletes.

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According to Anders Besseberg, during all these year Khanty-Mansiysk and biathlon were constantly changing for the best.

— I think many of you have been watching biathlon for a long time, like me.  Since the moment of my first visit to Ugra in 1994, this sport in Khanty-Mansiysk has changed greatly, as well as in other cities that are hosting our main competitions.

It is not just about World Cups, we are watching it changing on other levels as well. For example, the World Championships in Oslo was a huge success. And such success results in the growth of popularity of biathlon and the increase of prices of marketing contracts.  Besides, it is worth noting that athletes of many countries are getting medals and showing good results. It also proves that this sport continues to develop, — said Anders Besseberg.

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Questions about the future of biathlon in Ugra are already traditional for such meetings. Journalists wanted to know what will happen to this sport in Khanty-Mansiysk while the World Cup Final will be held in Tyumen. And again the governor has calmed the audience. Biathlon will not leave our region.

— We will be hosting IBU Cup and the Championships of Russia, which, by the way, will take place here right upon the end of the World Cup.

Indeed, the number of A class stadiums in Russia has increased, the rivalry has increased, but we are ready to hast competitions of different level and consider it very important for us. We have received a proposal from the Ministry of Sports of Russian Federation to host the winter Spartakiad among handicapped people in 2017 and we are ready to accept it. Last year Winter Deaflympics were held in Khanty-Mansiysk. Our stadium is open both for sports stars and for amateurs.

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Natalia Komarova has told about the initiative to invite children of Yamalo-Nenets region to see the World Cup competitions in Ugra.

— On December’10’2015 both Ugra and Yamalo-Nenets region celebrated their 85th anniversaries. We were thinking about the present we could give to our neighbor region and thought that the best gift would be the one given to their children. As we have decided to announce the new year as a Year of Childhood in Ugra, it was obvious that all our projects are somehow connected with children. That is why we have given 2500 tickets for the races of Biathlon World Cup Final to children.