THE ACTING GOVERNOR CHECKED THE READINESS OF THE WINTER GAMES FACILITIES
Today Acting Governor of the Region has visited Biathlon Center, Ski Jumping Center, Hostel, Gorniy Vozdukh Ski Resort and Vostok Training Center. They hold working meetings at each venue to discuss construction process and readiness of facilities to host the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games.
Mr. Valery LIMARENKO noted that such meetings allow to timely reveal and eliminate risks and problems in preparation for major international events to be held in Sakhalin.
— Welcoming guests of the 1st Winter Children of Asia Games is a very responsible mission. Everything should pass with dignity, at a high organizational level. I see that professionals are working at these facilities, who love their region and are eager to do the work efficiently, ” — said the Acting Governor.
The main venue for competitions will be Gorniy Vozdukh Ski Resort. It meets a new winter season with a new entrance group. Today, the largest ski resort in the Far East has been created here, which includes almost two dozen trails of various difficulty levels. Every year the resort is visited by over 95 thousand tourists. It hosts major competitions, including the world level.
At the foot of the mountain slopes a modern ski-biathlon center has been constructed. Now the construction of a two-story administrative building is being completed, in which rooms for storing ski equipment, weapons and ammunition, a shooting gallery and technical premises will be located. Previously, tracks for skiers and biathletes, a shooting range for 30 targets, and a courtroom were built. Modular facilities for preparation and storage of equipment, necessary equipment for competitions and maintenance of the center have been purchased.
The hostel will be able to admit about 300 guests. It is located behind the Orthodox Church in the area of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Victory Square. Its will be commissioned in a month. Now the facility’s interior is being designed. More 300 athletes will be accommodated at Vostok Training Center. It offers guests comfortable rooms, meals and a training place.
At Ski Jumping Center referees’ premises were reconstructed, lighting systems of trails for acceleration and landing, special timekeeping and sound equipment for competitions, snow generators were purchased. Reconstruction of acceleration trail, construction of a sports campus for accommodating teams are being completed.
Summing up the visits, Mr. Valery LIMARENKO noted that the sports facilities of the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games will be in demand after the Games. They can be used for tourism purposes and attracting residents to physical education and sports.
Let us remind the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games will be held in Sakhalin Region from February 8 to 17, 2019. The program includes 8 sports: biathlon, alpine skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hockey and speed skating. To date, 20 countries have confirmed their participation, the organizers expect that this number will increase to 25.
About 1000 volunteers will be involved in the Games. During the year, volunteers have participated in educational and preparatory activities, on-site internships — for example, FISU Volunteer Academy in Kazan, the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires according to the report of the regional government.