Member of the State Duma Committee for Labor, Social Policy and Veterans' Affairs Olga Pavlova told journalists of the city press center about the development of the children's sport in Tatarstan.
She said that there are 442 school sports clubs, with 60,000 students attending them, functioning on the basis of public schools in the republic. Additionally there are 172 sports schools operating, 29 of which have the status of Olympic Reserve Schools. The total number of children going in for sports exceeds 87,000. A program for the reconstruction of sports halls of agricultural schools is being implemented in the region.
"The best investments are happy and healthy children. <…> Any child in Tatarstan who wants to try out for sports is not deprived of such an opportunity. All children in Tatarstan have equal opportunities to start playing a sport," Pavlova stressed.
She pointed out also that today students from Tatarstan regularly reach the finals of almost all major federal tournaments. In particular, she cited a school team from Nizhnekams that achieved success at the Russian nationwide festival of street sports.
The speaker reminded the audience that in 2019 the Russian final of the school basketball league, KES Basket, will be held in Basket-Hall Kazan and that top international athletes hold workshops for children as part of all international events held in Tatarstan.
Among others, Real Madrid's defender Michel Salgado, coach of the Russian national taekwondo team Seyfula Magomedov, five-time Olympic Champion in synchronized swimming Svetlana Romashina all have shared their know-how with the children of Tatarstan. This year, workshops in swimming are slated to be held in agricultural districts as part of the Swimming World Cup in Kazan. A number of celebrity workshops was held as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well.
"More than 500 students had a chance to talk with champions, get an autograph and see a training session of true masters at the Trydovye Rezervy Stadium as part of an open training session of the national Australian team," Pavlova said.
The official also said that sports for veterans are well-developed in Tatarstan, while the event Spartakiad for veterans is regularly held. For instance, the Dynamo women's veteran volleyball team is a European champion, and hockey veterans — world champions. Green fitness — yoga and fitness in parks and Nordic walking — are quickly developing in the region.