Vladimir Putin closes the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Kazan
The WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Closing Ceremony took place at the Kazan Arena Stadium on 27 August, announcing the winners of the 56 skills competitions. Outstanding top-scorers of the Competition were also recognized, with the Albert Vidal Award, Best of Nation Award, and Medallions for Excellence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who flew into the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan for the purpose, addressed the Competition participants and spectators.
“I sincerely congratulate the medal and award winners of the 45th WorldSkills Competition. I want to thank all the Competitors! You have performed brilliantly, showing excellent skills,” said Vladimir Putin.
“The 45th WorldSkills Competition has ended. And our common responsibility is preserving its legacy for citizens of all our countries so that everyone of any age and health condition is able to reach their potential, choose their own path in training and development, and master relevant skills throughout their life.”
President of WorldSkills Simon Bartley directly addressed Competitors, Experts, Sponsors and Partners, volunteers, Delegates and Members, the Board and Secretariat of WorldSkills, as well as the audience.
“All ten thousand of us in the visiting WorldSkills community, the 45,000 of us in the stadium tonight, the millions watching on television and the Internet – we are celebrating with one single voice united in our passion for skills and skills competitions.”
“To the Competitors, I say a huge well done. To the medal winners of course, but also to all the young women and men who have taken part in Kazan: our Champions!”
The Competition Organizer fascinated the audience with a colourful and vivid show involving various singers and bands: Levan Gorozia, Dimash Kudaibergen, Zventa Sventana, BRIO SONORES, as well as LOBODA and Filipp Kirkorov.
To crown the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Closing Ceremony, the WorldSkills flag was handed over to the Delegates from China, the host of the next world championship, WorldSkills Shanghai 2021.
WorldSkills Kazan 2019
WorldSkills Kazan 2019 was held from August 22-27. More than 1,300 competitors from 63 WorldSkills Member countries and regions competed in 56 skills. This was 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