On 1 February, the 29th Winter Universiade 2019 Flame passed through Kodinsk. Kodinsk became the third city on the way of the regional leg of the project. The Universiade Flame Bearers started their march from the Glory Memorial and finished on the Central Square. The total length of the route in Kodinsk was 1,280 m.
The official events of the Universiade Flame were attended by Acting Head of Kezhemsky District Alexander Shneider, Mayor of Kodinsk Vladimir Govorsky, Deputy of the 3rd Legislative Assembly and Chairman of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee Alexander Simanovsky, and Deputy Minister of Forestry of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Alexei Bolshakov.
In his welcome speech, Acting Head of Kezhemsky District Alexander Shneider remarked: "It makes me happy that our small and young town has become a participant of a large sports project! All of us are getting involved in a truly global event! In 29 days in Krasnoyarsk, the main Cauldron of the Winter Universiade 2019 Flame will be lit. We wish Russian athletes a successful performance in all sports, and, of course, the honourable first place in the number of medals".
Deputy Minister of Forestry of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Alexei Bolshakov, who was the honoured guest of the Flame event, addressed the participants of the Games: "I wish you high spirits and energy, I wish that the support from the army of Russian fans helps our athletes to show their best at the Universiade, to achieve new victories and to set new world records. Congratulations!".
The first Flame Bearer of the Kodinsk leg was Deputy Director for Sport of the Directorate of Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Kezhemsky District Alexander Lomchitsky. All in all, the Flame of the Winter Universiade 2019 was carried through the streets of the town by 13 Flame Bearers, including Silver Prize winner of the World Championship in Snowboard, participant of the Olympic Games, Ambassador of the Ready for Labour and Defense Physical Education Programme in the Krasnoyarsk Territory Svetlana Boldykova; Head of Triumph Dance Studio Ksenia Kukhareva; Firefighter, Head of the Military and Patriotic Movement of Kezhemsky District Dmitry Kosolapov; Head Coach of the Sports School for Biathlon of Kezhemsky District Sergei Kuznetsov; Basketball Coach, Head of Angara Physical Education and Sports Club of Kodinsk School No.3 Yuri Ten; Director of the Youth Centre of Kezhemsky District Maria Makhinya; and Teacher of Kodinsk School No.3, Head of G.U.S.E. Contemporary Dance Studio Pavel Novikov.
"The most important thing for me and for all the residents of the Territory is that these games are ours, they take place in our home area! Today, I experienced the emotions that can be compared to what you feel standing on the victory podium!" shared her joy after the running leg Flame Bearer Svetlana Boldykova.
The local Cauldron on the Central Square was lit by Mayor of Kodinsk Vladimir Govorsky and Flame Bearer, Deputy of the 3rd Legislative Assembly, Chairman of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee Alexander Simanovsky.
Mayor of Kodinsk Vladimir Govorsky congratulated the residents and guests of the town: "The Universiade Flame will find an honourable place in the history of our town. It is not a coincidence that we deserved the honour: our athletes have been multiple prize winners of the Championships of Russia and the Krasnoyarsk Tournaments. We have always supported sports and we always will. I am sure that the Universiade Flame will motivate our young people to practise sports. I congratulate all of you on this remarkable event. Let's support our team!".
The honoured Flame Bearer, Deputy of the 3rd Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Chairman of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee Alexander Simanovsky remarked: "The slogan of the Universiade, "This is our winter", is really symbolic. Today Kodinsk proved it right! I really hope that this flame warms our hearts. I wish you good luck and sports victories!".
After the Cauldron lighting ceremony, there was a festive concert in the local House of Culture as a part of the Yenisei Express social and cultural project.
From Kodinsk, the Winter Universiade 2019 Flame will travel to Yeniseisk, where the next leg of the relay will take place on 5 February.
Let us remind you that the Krasnoyarsk Territory leg of the Winter Universiade 2019 Flame started on 22 January in Norilsk. The project was launched on 20 September in Turin, Italy, where the Flame lighting ceremony was held. Such cities as Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Harbin (China) welcomed the flame bearers as a part of the Universiade Flame international leg. In Russia, the Universiade Flame has already been brought to 19 cities. The Winter Universiade 2019 Flame will end its trip in Krasnoyarsk on 1 March 2019.
The Universiade Flame is supported by Nornickel Mining and Metallurgical Company and Siberian Wellness International Corporation. Throughout all the route of the relay the Universiade Flame is guarded by the Federal National Guard Troops Service.