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Russian leg of the WorldSkills Flag Relay wraps up in Saint Petersburg


15.05.2019, 14:14

Saint Petersburg hosted the WorldSkills Flag. That was the final destination of the Russian leg of the Flag Relay. The flag will continue its journey along the districts of the Republic of Tatarstan. The Flag Relay will finish on the day of the opening ceremony of the 45th WorldSkills Competition.

The Flag accompanied by officials travelled by a special bus along the Nevsky Prospect to the Senate Square with the Peter the Great Statue.  Flag holders were met by the leaders of the volunteer movement “Our future is in our hands”. Then it was carried to the Petropavlovskaya Fortress through Neva. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science Rafis Burganov, representatives of Saint Petersburg and Saint Petersburg “Young Professionals” team members – military students of the Sea Technical College named after admiral D.N.Senyavin – welcomed the WorldSkills movement symbol near the Naryshkin bastille. College students streamed a giant flag, and a crowning shot was fired from the canon.

“The finish of the Russian leg of the Flag Relay is a significant moment for us. This project makes a great contribution to the popularization of WorldSkills values in Russian regions and all around the world. It’s time to travel through Tatarstan now”, noted Rafis Burganov.

The Russian leg of the WorldSkills Flag Relay started in August 2018 at the Final of the 6th National Competition “Young Professionals” (WorldSkills Russia) in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. It will travel across 24 regions of the Russian Federation. The Russian leg of the WorldSkills Flag Relay will take place during the corporate and industrial competitions involving all centers of federal districts. The Flag will visit all leading industrial regions and large-scale enterprises of the Russian Federation, and then the Republic of Tatarstan will host it. The Relay is expected to culminate in Kazan on the day of the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Opening Ceremony.

The Flag Relay started in 2017 when the WorldSkills Flag was handed to Kazan, the next WorldSkills host city, during the Closing Ceremony of the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. The flag arrived in Sochi, Russia the next day. In December 2017, it was launched into space and kept on board of the International Space Station for more than two months, before returning at the end of February 2018. After the start of the international leg of the Relay in Madrid, the flag took a journey across 20 countries that previously hosted the WorldSkills Competition.

The Flag visited Germany, Netherlands, USA, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Finland, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain, Austria, Brazil, and Japan. The flag arrived in Russia from Chinese Taipei, where it was honored at the 48th WorldSkills Competition. In each country, the logPress Office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Competition Organizeros of the competitions that took place there were put on the flag.


Press Office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Competition Organizer