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WorldSkills Village officially opens its doors

Official events

20.08.2019, 12:16


The WorldSkills Village was officially opened in Kazan today. During the opening ceremony, flags of all the countries and regions competing at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 were raised in the main alley of the Village.

The event’s main accommodation location, the WorldSkills Village is a modern residential quarter integrated in a green neighbourhood. It is only 20 km away from Kazan Expo, the Competition’s main venue, and Kazan International Airport. The Village is fully equipped to provide a comfortable stay to more than 5,500 Competitors and guests during WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

A lounge area offering daily entertainment activities, workshops and games will be arranged in the WorldSkills Village for the Competitors to have some leisure time after a tense competition day.

Amongst the distinguished guests attending the Opening Ceremony of the WorldSkills Village was the President of WorldSkills International, Simon Bartley; President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov; Director General of Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia) Union, Robert Urazov.

“For more than 1,300 young competitors taking part in WorldSkills Kazan 2019, this will be their home for the coming days. Home should be a place of friendship, of comfort, and support. And that is what we aim for in this wonderful community. Home is where we find family, our family of WorldSkills Members gathered together again”, Simon Bartley pointed out during the opening speech.

Addressing the Competitors of WorldSkills Kazan 2019, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, wished them all good luck for the following days.

“We have been waiting with anticipation for the start of the 45th WorldSkills Competition. And today, we are happy to welcome you here, in the Republic of Tatarstan and in Russia. In Kazan, and, particularly, in the WorldSkills Village, we will ensure top quality conditions for you to feel comfortable and be able to show your best at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. We wish you a wonderful time and success at the Competition!” he said.

Only three days are left for the start of competition where Competitors from 63 Member Countries and Regions are expected to take part. There will be 56 skill competitions across six skills sectors: Construction and Building Technology, Creative Arts and Fashion, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Social and Personal Services, and Transportation and Logistics.

Director General of Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia), Robert Urazov, highlighted the importance of the event for the whole country and the city of Kazan itself. “Every stage matters in a competition of such level. Raising the flags in the WorldSkills Village marks the start of the pre-competition period for the national teams and the 100% readiness of the venue for the organizers. And, for the spectators, the inevitability of an upcoming thrilling event. Altogether, this means that WorldSkills Kazan 2019 has stepped on the territory of Russia and already feels at home in the host city.”

WorldSkills Kazan 2019

WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will be held from August 22-27. Close to 1,300 competitors from 63 WorldSkills Member countries and regions will compete in 56 skills. This will be the largest international event in Russia in 2019.

Kazan was awarded the right to hold the event in 2015, after a vote of WorldSkills Members. WorldSkills Russia works in all 85 regions of the country and is one of the priority projects for the federal government in the field of personnel training and economic development.

 Press Office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Competition Organizer