The Uralochka competitive sports center of Yekaterinburg hosted a festive opening of the 9th Adult Winter Spartakiada Games and the 4th Children's Winter Spartakiada Games of Gazprom.
The event brought together 24 adult and 13 children's teams from Gazprom's subsidiaries.
Sportsmen, guests and numerous fans of the Spartakiada Games were welcomed by Mikhail Sereda, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee – Head of the Administration of the Management Committee of Gazprom, David Gaidt, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg, Leonid Rapoport, Sports Minister of the Sverdlovsk Oblast and Mikhail Matveyev, the Yekaterinburg Administration Deputy Head in charge of social policy.
Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee sent a greeting letter to the participants and guests of the competitions, emphasizing that “these would be the first combined competitions in the history of Gazprom's Winter Spartakiada Games. Grown-up competitors and young sportsmen will fight for medals virtually on the same grounds. It means that children will be able to root for their parents and adult trainers who, on their part, will rejoice over the sporting success and achievements of the coming generation”.
“Having gained the experience with the Summer Spartakiada, we are glad to host today Gazprom's Winter Spartakiada Games. We did our best to create conditions for the competitors to feel at ease and comfortable,” said David Gaidt at the opening ceremony.
The flag-raising ceremony for Gazprom's Spartakiada Games was followed by a music show and ended with colorful fireworks
Gazprom holds Winter and Summer Spartakiada Games annually. The events take place in cities with the presence of Gazprom's subsidiaries. Both senior and junior Spartakiada Games are held among the employees of Gazprom's subsidiaries and units, and among children active in sports clubs of Gazprom's subsidiaries, respectively. Members of Russian national teams, participants of zonal competitions, national official events and championships as well as European events and championships and Olympic Games are not permitted to take place in the competitions.
The main aim of the Spartakiada Games is establishing a healthy lifestyle of Gazprom's team, and young generation as well. The Spartakiada Games provide for sharing the experience in the development of physical training and mass sports, maintaining the sports traditions.