The World Summer Universiade-2013 is held from 6 to 17 July in Kazan.
Kazan is the largest Russian city of students. The city has about 200,000 students from 67 countries. The largest universities of Russia are located here.
The opening ceremony of the XXVII World Summer Universiade was held on July 6 with the participation of 45,000 spectators. About 1,500 actors took part in the ceremony.
The Universiade will be one of the largest sporting action in the history of student games. Students will compete in 27 kinds of sport, they will get 351 sets of medals.
The motto of the Universiade - the «Excellence in mind and body».
The torch of the Universiade is presented in the form of a stylized tulip, which looks like the Latin letter «U», the symbol of any sporting event, held under the auspices of FISU.
The relay-race of a torch of the Universiade started in Vladivostok.
Participants of relay-race of a torch of the Universiade overcame more than 100 000 km for the 359 days.
A cub of the winged snow leopard, named Uni, became the mascot of Universiade.
The winged snow leopard is a national symbol of Republic Tatarstan, where the Universiade is held.
The ceremony started with a theatrical performance devoted to peoples, living in Russia (about 160).
They had shown a history of development of the capital of Tatarstan Kazan, to spectators under the dome of the arena.
A huge cauldron (kazan) appeared in the middle of the arena.
According to the legend, the sorcerer advised the Bulgars, which were the ancestors of the present-day inhabitants of Kazan, to found a settlement on the place, where the cauldron would boil stronger.
The winged dragon named Zilant, that adorns the coat of arms and flag of the region, flew to the screen, the size of which was equal to a mile.
They showed the image of the famous Kazan Kremlin.
Spectators watched fairy images of the Pushkin's poem "Ruslan and Lyudmila": a famous oak with a gold chain grew in the center of the arena.
The boats called "ladya" were swimming in the swimming pool, the size of which was equal to four kilometres, round the screen.
Heros of the paintings by Viktor Vasnetsov had come to life on the moving circular scene (the back side of scene consisted of original paintings, and the live actors were in front of the scene ).
The next section was devoted to the history of Russian science: the 50-meter aircraft, which named after his inventor Mozhaisky flew under the dome.
Spectators were able to see three-dimensional simulation of the flight of the first cosmonaut Gagarin(The audience had recieved a 3D-glasses to experience the reality of what was taking place).
The audience was delighted: "Ceremony has made upon us the big impression. Thanks to everyone who participated in this action! "
Spectators liked the waltz of hundreds of dancers with candlesticks in the water.
45 000 spectators warmly welcomed as the participants of top teams of China, Germany, the U.S, and the participants teams of Fiji, El Salvador, where only two participants.
The participants of the team of Chile took photos of the tribunes of the stadium, so it was not clear who was the spectator.
The participants of the team of Uruguay were passing with a poster –“ Thanks, Kazan, we love you ”.
The participants of the team of Russia were the most numerous.
All spectators sang the official hymn of games "Gaudeamus Igitur".
The culmination of show became ignition of a torch.
The fire in the cup, located above the stadium, was ignited from four torches.
The President of Russia has announced the official opening of the Student Games.
A cultural program of Universiade includes:
The fest of Opera and ballet.
The third International fest “ White lilac” by S. Rakhmaninov.
A visit to theatres, museums of the city.
A visit to the Cirque du Soleil.
A visit to the national holiday “Sabantuy”.
The rooms for prayer of Protestant, Orthodox, Buddhist, Jewish, Catholic religions are located on a floor of one of buildings.
There is a tiny prayer book of the sportsman, which includes the prayer on "every day", "to the sport training " ( ask for "understanding of the need to improve their capabilities, techniques and tactics ").
There is also a pray « for the period of competitions » (« May God Bless my command on winning fairly and with feeling of mercy »).
There is a verse "Prayer of sportsman", in which American poet Berton Braley asks for "about an honest battle, about equal chances for everyone" and giving forces to the loser to tell to winners from the heart : "here the winner is going who played better than me."
The Central Bank of Russia issued some coins, that devoted to the Universiade.
Such as silver coins are 3 Ruble, 25 Ruble, and gold coin is 50 Ruble (weight-1kg).
Exerpt from the forum.
" The Universiade is needed, so as to the youth of other countries would have seen Russia as a country of clever,cultural, people."
Photo by: A. Astashkina, E. Krukov, K. Zavrazhin, S. Sevostyanov, O. Kosov, A. Denisov.