Dudinka takes first international Curling tournament

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The most Northern in the world and the first international tournament on Curling among women’s teams «Arctic Cup-2017» kicked off in the Arctic circle on the Taimyr Peninsula. Participate national teams of the countries that have polar areas — two Russian team, the national teams of Finland, Sweden, USA and Canada, and Switzerland.

The venue of the tournament may 19-22-the port of Dudinka, located at the 69th parallel. A few years ago here on the permafrost has built the ice arena «Taimyr» — the most Northern in the world.

«Why is Curling and why Dudinka?.. First, there is built a modern ice Palace, and immediately began to bring athletes from the mainland. Last year in Dudinka was the «Cup of Taimyr» among the Russian men’s teams were demonstrations. In the end, the Curling Federation of Russia took Dudinka, Dudinka took the Curling. Today, I’m just happy for the city, dudintsev and Timurziev. This unique event! Never before in the Arctic circle did not pass such large-scale competitions,» he told reporters at the opening of «Arctic Cup-2017,» the Governor of Krasnoyarsk region Victor Tolokonsky.

The head of the region recommended that the Russian Curling Federation to make a tournament among women’s teams in Dudinka regular. The President of cosmonautics Federation of Russia Dmitry Svishchev also sure that Curling at the Taimyr accustomed.

«Already stuck. First we wanted to call the tournament «Cup of the 69th parallel», because there are those countries where the largest number of people involved in Curling. In Canada it is the second sport to soccer in popularity — 3, 5 million people are employed in Curling rinks 1400 built for practicing this sport. So originally the idea was to bind a name to the 69th parallel, but once the Swiss, world Champions, expressed their desire to participate in the tournament, we decided to push its boundaries and called the «Arctic Cup». To as many teams found out what the Russian North. And I really hope that the beneficiaries will become the source for training future members of the national team,» said RIA Novosti President of the Russian Curling Federation.

Dudinka is an Curling for kids. With the support of the industrial giant of the region — the company «Norilsk Nickel», one of the largest in Russia, there are more than a hundred young athletes. Today they have the opportunity to watch the strongest calingasta the world.

The results of the second day’s play in the playoffs of the tournament there were teams of Canada, Switzerland and two Russian teams — Victoria Moiseyeva and Anna Sidorova.