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  • “THE FAR EAST. ON THE ROAD TO THREE OLYMPIC GAMES” SESSION HELD AS PART OF EEF BUSINESS PROGRAMME

    02 September 2016

    The next three Olympic Games will take place in countries within the Asia-Pacific region: South Korea (2018), Japan (2020), and China (2022). The Russian national teams need to get acclimated to a climate that is as close as possible to the conditions in these countries prior to the games.

    The session “The Far East. On the Road to Three Olympic Games” was held on the FEFU campus and included a discussion of investment in the development of sports infrastructure in the Far East. The reason for the discussion was the upcoming games in the Asia-Pacific Region.

    It is expected that athletes will train for the upcoming Olympics in regions of the Far East in which the appropriate sports infrastructure needs to be built. Russia is ready to invest in training sports teams in the conditions of the Far East. Some infrastructure already exists in the Far East: for example, slaloms and ski jumping hills for mountain winter sports. Kamchatka has a biathlon shooting range that hosted a World Cup stage. A project is already being implemented today to build the Mountain Air sporting and tourism complex in Sakhalin.

    The session was attended by State Duma Deputy and Three-Time Olympic Champion in Greco-Roman Wrestling Aleksander Karelin, General Director of Federal State Unitary Enterprise Programme Directorate for Developing Physical Culture and Sport Yuri Tikhomirov and Russian Wrestling Federation Vice President Georgy Bryusov.

    At the press briefing following the session, Karelin thanked Roscongress for inviting foreign participants to the discussion, including UN representatives.

    “The prospects are obvious: the Olympic Games will be held here three times in the near future – the winter games twice and the summer games once. There are arguments for inviting investors here since the Sport Federal Target Programme includes the construction of a few more dozen facilities over the reporting period. We need foreign or international investors to come to the hospitality industry – the impression of capital is not important here, but it is important that hotels and everything concerning leisure, including food, be built. We think it’s not just the Russian team. After all, not all the superpowers have a climate similar to that of Tokyo”, Karelin said.

    For investors worried about the seasonal nature of such a business, the Olympic champion recommended taking a look at the experience of Sochi, which is now entirely a year-round resort.