Invitational Games

Kazan welcomes athletes of Special Olympics Russia Winter Invitational Games

Today, on February 3, the teams competing in the Special Olympics Russia Winter Invitational Games arrive in the capital of Tatarstan.

The competitions will allow testing the readiness of Kazan venues for hosting the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022. Athletes showing the best results will get a chance to join the Russian national team at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

“For our athletes the Invitational Games is first of all a joy of travelling, communication, joy of a chance to demonstrate what they have been training hard for. All this is crucial for their conversation with the world and adaptation in the social environment,” says the Special Olympics Russia sports advisor in figure skating and coach Anna Sedelkova (Saint Petersburg), “It is good that this movement is paid increasingly greater attention in Russia. Tatarstan demonstrates a high level of readiness to deliver the Winter Invitational Games. Kazan has not delivered large-scale winter competitions, but all venues were quickly adjusted to corresponding sports. We would like to extend our gratitude to the leadership of the Republic for their wish and readiness to organize the Special Olympics Winter Invitational Games and upcoming World Winter Games 2022.”

Shuttle buses will take arriving teams to the Universiade Village where they will be accommodated throughout the Invitational Games. Four sports venues will house the competitions: Burevestnik and Lokomotiv Stadiums, Sviyaga Hills Ski Resort, and Sports Palace. 

Competitions are scheduled for February 4-7: showshoeing, alpine skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding start on February 4, and figure skating and short track speed skating – on February 6.

The Winter Invitational Games will bring together 600 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 36 subjects of the Russian Federation.