The Badminton Centre opened in Kazan on February 13. The venue is located on the premises of the Kazan Tennis Academy. The opening ceremony was attended by President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov. Special guests at the event were Badminton World Federation (BWF) President and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen, President of the National Badminton Federation of Russia Sergey Shakhray, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport Vladimir Leonov, Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin and other officials.
“Our dream has come true – a new wonderful venue has been opened in Kazan. For the time being it’s the only badminton-specific venue in our country. The opening of a new venue is always a landmark event. Badminton is an affordable sport, useful and efficient,” Rustam Minnikhanov said in his welcome speech.
According to the President, as recently as five years ago there were only 124 badminton players in Tatarstan. Since that time the number of people involved in this sport increased to almost 10,000 people.
“These changes are really impressive,” Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen said during his speech. “Another important thing is that vision problem researches will also be conducted here. Sport and scientific studies are the best combination. I want to thank all those who supported this project and the opportunity to show that badminton helps improve eyesight. I hope that those who train to play badminton here will be able to compete at the Olympic Games some day.”
After the ceremony ended, the guests inspected the venue and shared their impression with reporters. “Kazan can be hardly impressed by sports facilities but this centre is truly unique! Ophthalmologists will be working here and we hope that this venue will be regarded as a model of best practice in the future. It will be certified in accordance with all European tournament requirements,” Sergey Shakhray said. He also added that in the days to come Kazan is about to host the European Badminton Men’s and Women’s Team Championships and European Badminton U15 Championships. It is expected that around 450 athletes from 38 countries will gather in Kazan for both events. 76 international and national technical officials will officiate at the competitions. This year’s tournaments will be played at the Gymnastics Centre, where the 2014 Intersport European Championships were successfully staged.
“The situation is challenging; the competition is strong. Kazan is a very lucky city for us – here Team Russia earned silver at the Universiade, as well as gold and silver medals at the Intersport European Championships,” Sergey Shakhray said.
The Tennis and Badminton Theories and Principles Department of the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports, founded in 2015, will also be housed in the newly opened Badminton Centre. It currently enrolls 32 students. Among them are European and national champions, members of the Russian national badminton team.
The new venue has a 51.7mx36mx12m sports hall comprising 12 courts 6.1m wide by 13.4m long. The courts are marked in accordance with the badminton court dimension rules and are equipped with nets. The distance between the long sides of the court is 1.8m, between the shorts sides - 2.8m. The sports hall throughput is 96 badminton players per shift. The hall’s stands are able to seat 300 spectators.
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