Are you satisfied with how the Championships was held?
For us, World Ski Orienting Championships has become the first world-class event, when we had an opportunity to test interaction between different organizational structures: representatives of the Directorate staff, Biathlon Academy and Siberian Federal University. We check services associated with accommodation of guests, sports programme, interaction with referees and so on, and revealed a number of problems, which we will handle in future. In general, I'm very satisfied. We have two years ahead of the Games. So, we will every time improve quality of arranging and carrying out of major sports events.
How was interaction with the International Orienteering Federation organized?
– We much obliged to the International Orienteering Federation for their credence given to us in carrying out such a large sports event and also for expert advice. In return, we assured them, that we would organize one of the best World Championships ever held! And as many people say now, we have succeeded! Atmosphere in the stadium was especially mentioned: large live audience, friendly volunteers and high image quality during online broadcasting. I heard supporters’ opinion, who said that they discovered ski orienting in a fresh new way, and some others even started to understand it. Or course, such sports events give an unforgettable experience for the fans.
Have you already drawn up a schedule of the next test events to be held in Krasnoyarsk in the run-up to the Winter Universiade 2019?
– We are now discussing various offers. The final schedule will be completed by the end of the year. We shall use a very rational approach to choosing sports events, so that it would be useful for us and, at the same time, not overload us, the Organising Committee and city infrastructure. One of the major events, as we announced before, — FISU Forum, — will be held in August, 2018. Representatives of various sports federations can see, that we are preparing for our major sports event. If we get to do something, we put our soul into it and make it the best way we can and with the highest quality. Our key objective is testing of venues, personnel and sports, so that during the Winter Universiade 2019 we could be sure that everything is all right.