© The government of the Arkhangelsk blestyaschaya the fire of the winter Universiade 2019 in the city of Arkhangelsk© the government of the Arkhangelsk region
Saturday Arkhangelsk met the torch relay of the winter Universiade — 2019. The start of the procession was given at the main building, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M. V. Lomonosov, the press service of the ANO «Directorate «Krasnoyarsk-2019».
The Universiade flame carried by torch bearers 25 — honorary citizens of the city: the athletes, including students of higher educational institutions, coaches, public figures, representatives of the scientific community. Among them the Merited coach of Russia, head coach of the team of the Arkhangelsk region in shooting Alexander Pozdeev, head coach of the youth of the hockey club «Vodnik» Oleg Batov and the University’s rector Elena Kudryashova.
Torchbearers ran along the embankment of the Northern Dvina river by the cultural and historical attractions of the city — the monument builders of North stele «400 years of Arkhangelsk», hostelries, of the Lutheran Church of St. Catherine, Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God and others. The total length of the route was 6 kilometres.
«To become parties to such a beautiful and important movements, as student sport, very honorable. The presence of a Federal University has in this case great importance, after all we are talking about a competition of athletes representing higher education institutions of their countries», — said the head of the Agency for sport of the Arkhangelsk region Andrey Bagretsov.
For lighting the fire in the bowl at the stadium the torch was handed over to the master of sports of Russia of international class skating, participant of the winter Olympic games in Vancouver and Sochi, silver medalist of the European championship Alexander Rumyantsev.
As the correspondent of RIA Novosti Rumyantsev, it was an honor to take part in the torch relay of the Universiade, as the event is very important for the promotion of sports, particularly winter sports.
After lighting the fire at the ice arena hosted a match game of ball hockey between Arkhangelsk «the water-transport worker» and Krasnoyarsk «Yenisei» in the championship of Russia among commands of the Superleague. This sport will be included to the program of the world winter Universiade.
An interesting fact was that at the last stage of the torch relay was driven in a horse-drawn carriage, horse-drawn unique Mezen breed in the territory of Arkhangelsk region is the only one in Russia, a similar gene pool-breeding farm.
The Russian leg of the torch relay passes through 30 cities, including Arkhangelsk, and will end March 1, 2019 in Krasnoyarsk. World winter Universiade will be held in this city from 2 to 12 March.