On 23 November, the WorldSkills Flag Relay reached Surgut and took place during the 4th Regional Competition “Young Professionals” (WorldSkills) of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra. There were more than 200 Competitors. Deputy Director of the Young Professionals Union Regional Development Agency, Lyudmila Ivanyuk, and Deputy Director – Head of Continuous Professional Training and Science Bureau of Education and Youth Policy Department, Alexander Gomzyak, took part in the ceremony.
More than 200 Competitors, more than 250 Experts from 27 secondary and high education institutions of Yugra take part in the Competition. In addition, more than 60 Competitors from 12 educational organizations of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug participate in the Competition among school students. “We are glad to welcome the WorldSkills Flag. It reminds us of the upcoming world competition in Kazan”, noted participants of the ceremony in Surgut.
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 logos of the competitions that took place there were put on the flag.
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