Gazprom’s Spartakiada Games open in Sochi
The opening ceremony for Gazprom’s Spartakiada Games was held at the Adler-Arena in Sochi. The event was attended by Sergey Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Igor Tkachenko, Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Krasnodar, and Alexander Voloshin, Minister of the Fuel and Energy Complex and Housing and Utilities Sector of the Krasnodar Region.
The contest involves some 3,000 athletes from 29 subsidiaries of Gazprom based in Russia and Belarus. Adults will compete in six categories – volleyball, kettlebell lifting, track-and-field athletics, swimming, chess, and football – while children’s teams will only vie for prizes in the last four. A total of 180 medals will be handed out, with 23 prizes in team sports and 157 in individual sports.
For the first time since the inception of the Games, contestants will demonstrate the fitness standards under the national Ready for Labor and Defense (GTO) program.
The Spartakiada Games will run for six days through September 14.
The main goals of Gazprom's Spartakiada Games are to promote a healthy lifestyle, share experience in physical training and mass sports, and maintain sports traditions.
Participants in the Spartakiada Games include the employees of Gazprom’s subsidiaries and children attending sports clubs sponsored by the subsidiaries. Participation is prohibited for members of Russian national teams and those taking part in zonal competitions, official national, European and global championships and tournaments, and the Olympic Games.