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Kazan city, the capital of Russia's Republic of Tatarstan, hosts the 2013 Summer Universiade. Students from all over the world will take part in this sporting and cultural event, considered to be second in importance only to the Olympic Games.
The decision was taken by the Executive Committee of the International University Sports Federation on May 31 2008 in Brussels. Kazan city in Russia was chosen ahead of Gwangjiu in South Korea and Vigo in Spain.
The Summer Universiade consists of 12 compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country.
Kazan has traditionally been a university city, with more than 180,000 people studying there.
"The dazzling hi-tech presentation, the very strong bid with more than fifty venues already in place for the Games and the huge experience in organizing international sporting events (more than 30 in the last 2 years), the FISU EC granted the city of Kazan the rights to host the 2013 Summer Universiade."
"Kazan has a long established tradition of organizing large sporting events. Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia) possesses all the resources, facilities and personnel necessary to organize such a global event. We are determined to host the Universiade in Russia, as it will be a great opportunity for the development of sports among the youth of Russia."
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