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In 2016, it was announced that Nornickel had obtained the unique status of the General Partner of the Winter Universiade 2019.
The Company assumed obligations to prepare the Funpark Bobrovy Log – the venue of the 29th Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnoyarsk – for holding the alpine skiing competitions.
Funpark Bobrovy Log – Nornikel’s investment project – was put into operation in December 2006. The Funpark is located within the boundaries of Krasnoyarsk. It has 14 ski courses of different levels of difficulty with total length of 9.726 km and elevation difference of 350 m. 9 ski courses have successfully passed certification for compliance with the world standards set by the International Ski Federation (FIS). Each year, more than 300 thousand people visit the Funpark. In the bidding dossier of Krasnoyarsk for organization of the Universiade, the Funpark Bobrovy Log was specified as the only certified venue ready for holding the competitions (as of the time of submitting the application to FISU in 2012).
Nornickel has earlier invested about 5 billion rubles into the construction of the multi-purpose sports complex. Actual expenses of Nornickel for preparation and holding of the Winter Universiade 2019 are estimated to exceed 2 billion rubles. Nine sets of medals in five disciplines will be contested in the Funpark Bobrovy Log during the Universiade: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, as well as Combined and Parallel Team Events.
In order to host the competitions of the Universiade, sports and coaching facility with the video broadcasting system will be built at the Funpark Bobrovy Log, the ski courses will be widened and the artificial snowmaking system will be reconstructed. The modern security system will be installed at the Funpark, and the helicopter landing point for medical air transport will be built. The Funpark will also be fitted with new equipment.
In addition, the Company will provide training of highly qualified staff and volunteers involved in organization of the Winter Universiade 2019 on the basis of the Russian International Olympic University and the Siberian Federal University. During the Winter Universiade 2019, various cultural activities will be held with participation and support of Nornickel.
According to the established practice, Nornickel will take over the maintenance of all of its newly-built sports facilities using the Company’s own funds and will not create a burden for the budget. At the same time, the new infrastructure is planned with consideration of its further active use after the Universiade.
The Winter Universiade is an important event for Nornickel, as it will be held in Krasnoyarsk Krai, where the Company’s main site, the Polar Division, is located.
Nornickel is the world’s largest producer of non-ferrous metals as well as a company with a high level of social responsibility. The main areas of the social policy of the Company are support of professional sports and sports of the highest achievements, development of mass sports and promotion of healthy lifestyle. At the same time, support of student and junior sports is one of the priority areas of the Company, as well as a way to contribute to the sustainable future of the country and the world.
Pursuant to its goals, Nornickel joined the team of partners of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The Company is the Partner of the Russian Olympic Committee. It is the Sponsor of the Russian Football Union and the Official Partner of the Russian National Football Team, as well as the Sponsor General of the Norilsk Nickel Mini-football Club and the owner of the Professional Basketball Club CSKA.http://www.nornickel.com