The FIFA Fan Fest™ was held in Kazan during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia™. It was found to be the event of the year. Azat Kadyrov, Director General of ANO Directorate for Sports and Social Projects, was awarded at the “Athlete of the Year – 2018” official republican ceremony. On 17 December, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, as well as heads of All-Russian Sports Federations, famous Russian athletes, and Olympic champions, attended the ceremony which took place at Volga Region Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism.
The FIFA Fan Fest™ in Kazan was held on the territory of the Kazan Family Centre. It started on the first of the World Cup (14 June) and wrapped up on the day of the Final (15 July). This place became a point of interest for fans from all over the world. Over 800,000 fans visited the venue in Kazan for the entire period. The territory of the Family Centre was available for 25,000 spectators. Admission to the FIFA Fan Fest™ on match days was free.
Traditionally, at the end of each year, the Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan organizes a ceremonial event “Athlete of the Year”. At the final meeting with athletes, coaches and all workers in the field of physical culture and sports, the Ministry honors the best athletes and coaches of national teams of the Republic of Tatarstan, republican sports federations and sports organizations, as well as the best sports media representatives according to the results of the sports season. The awards find their owners within the following blocks: “Mass Physical Culture and Sports”, “Sports Expectations of Tatarstan”, “Sports Non-Governmental Organizations”, “Game and Non-Olympic Sports”, “Mass Media”, “Olympic Hopes”, and “Special Awards”. The event ends with the presentation of the main awards of the evening – “Athlete of the Year” and “Coach of the Year”.
Media Department of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects