Last facility of Kazan 2013 Universiade operational

Moscow, April 14 (IANS) Russia’s Kazan has put into use the last but one sport facility for the 2013 World University Games, head of the steering committee said.

“The Palace of Water Sports is one of the biggest facilities constructed for the Universiade,” Vladimir Leonov said Saturday, reports Xinhua.

The 4,200-seat arena has three swimming pools — the main pool and a training pool, each 50 metres long, 25 metres wide and three metres deep, as well as a diving pool equipped with a tower and a springboard. It also has a medical centre and a gym for fitness with all the sizes complying with Olympic standards. The whole project has cost 3.6 billion rubles ($116 million).

The official noted that Kazan would host a world championship in water sports in 2015.

“That is why we had to make considerable adjustments to make the Palace match the latest standards of the International Swimming Federation,” said Leonov.

The Russian junior championship in springboard diving, the first trial event of the 2013 Universiade, started at the Palace Saturday. The Russia Cup swimming final will take place April 16-22 while a national championship in synchronised swimming will be held at the Water Palace April 23-27.

The 27th Summer Universiade is to kick-off in the capital of Tatarstan republic in July and run through July 17. The athletes will compete in 27 sports for 351 medals.

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