February 24, 2017 — Sochi — Krasnaya Polyana — the first biathlon competitions are taking place today in the cross-country ski & biathlon center “Laura.” Athletes from 14 countries are participating in the sprint: Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, France, Russia, Finland, China, Lebanon and Slovenia.

The stands are crowded: the CSKA fans as well as guests from other countries are actively waving flags and making noise with “knocking sticks.” While the animation team and the three Games mascots — Leopard, Little Fox and Hare — entertain the crowd and “get going” the spectators, the people in the stands are sharing their impressions.

“We were taking rest with the parents on Krasnaya Polyana, and I learned from the social networks that the Winter Military World Games were taking place. We decided to climb the “Laura” and cheer for the Russian national team. The atmosphere is very nice here, a lot of people of different ages,” shares a young fan Nastya from Moscow.

“I read about the Games on the Internet and came specifically to cheer for CSKA,” said Mikhail from St. Petersburg. “Our athletes are the strongest ones. I’m here because cheering for the Russian national team is a real pleasure.”

“We came specially from Kaliningrad to cheer for CSKA and Russian athletes,” said Nikolai and Tatyana. “The Military Games were talked a lot about on TV, and we decided it would be a good reason to go to Sochi.”

The men’s team has been composed of the world champion 2017 Maksim Tsvetkov as well as Sergei Klyachin, Matvei Eliseev, Eduard Latypov and Aleksei Kornev. Anastasiya Evsyunina will start up the women’s race. The World Championship 2017 medal winner Tatyana Akimova, Anastasiya Zagoruiko, Galina Nechkasova and Ulyana Kaisheva will also perform for the national team.

If you want to join the fans, get to the cross-country ski & biathlon center “Laura” by the transfer from the winter sports palace “Iceberg”, as well as by VSKD “Priyut Psekhako” from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm every hour or according to actual load, or independently to Krasnaya Polyana station by taxi, regular buses, deluxe train “Lastochka” or by a shuttle if it is provided by reservation conditions of your hotel. Next, you need to climb up to the center “Laura” on the funicular.
 

Contact information:

Press center of the 3rd Winter Military World Games 2017

Coordinator: Evgeniya Vlasova

tel.: +7 (962) 902-76-67; +7 (903) 734-60-10.

E-mail: press@cismsochi2017.ru

http://cismsochi2017.ru

 

FOR REFERENCE:

 

The 3rd Winter Military World Games will be held from February 22 to February 28, 2017 in Sochi. It is expected that during the Games, 44 sets of medals will be awarded in the individual and team competitions. The sports program will consist of seven sports: biathlon, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, orienteering on skis, ski-mountaineering, sports rock-climbing indoors, short track.

The Opening Ceremony of the Games will be held on February 24, 2017 on the basis of the multifunctional sport arena “Ice Cube.”

The Winter Military World Games are a multi-sport event organized for military athletes once in four years. The Summer Military World

Games have been held since 1995, and the Winter Games — since 2010. During this time, 6 Summer Military Olympic Games and 2 Winter Military Olympic Games were conducted, in 2010 in Aosta (Italy) and in 2013 in Annecy (France). Russia got the right to host the 3rd Winter Military World Games in 2017, at the 70th General Assembly of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) held on May 22, 2015 in Kuwait.

As of today, the International Military Sports Council (CISM) is the largest sports organization after the International Olympic Committee and the International University Sports Federation. Its main purpose is to establish communications between the armed forces of different countries in the field of sports and physical education.