Such officials as Head of FAS and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Rugby Union of Russia Igor Artemyev, Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Nigmatullin, Chairman of the Board of the Rugby Union of Russia, Stanislav Druzhinin, Acting Minister of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan Khalil Shaikhutdinov, and others took the floor at the opening ceremony.
“I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Government for delivering such a marvellous event among others taking place on this hospitable land,” stated Igor Artemyev. “Our national team is at the top of Rugby Women’s Sevens, and we hope Team Russia will win the qualifier. But our opponents, France, Ireland, and Spain, are strong. At the moment, these powerhouses are at almost equal level. Hope that the fans’ support in Kazan will play the decisive role. If Team Russia is qualified for the Olympic Games, we’ll celebrate a historical event which can happen these coming days in Tatarstan’s capital city.”
“Apart from the very important sporting result these competitions imply, it is also promotion of such an interesting, spectacular, fast, and tough sport as rugby,” noted Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Nigmatullin, wishing the competitors eye-catching games and fair play. As Rustam Nigmatullin says, rugby has been developing in Tatarstan since 1967, and today over 1,000 people do this sport in the region.
The Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Olympic Games Qualification Tournament gathers together 12 national teams from France, Russia, Moldova, Ireland, Spain, Poland, Italy, Romania, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, and Sweden.
The winner automatically qualifies for Olympics 2020 to be held in Japan. Teams coming second and third will continue competing in the tournament’s next round called Repechage.
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