Sportbox.ru starts to write about the sport venues of Deaflympics that will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk from March’29 till April’05. The first one in this list is the main stadium in Ugra – the Alexander Filipenko Winter Sport Centre.
Name: The Alexander Filipenko Winter Sport Centre
Functioning since: 1997
Capacity: 13 000 spectators (9700 spectators on stands of the stadium)
The length of the tracks: more than 15 km
The Alexander Filipenko Winter Sport Centre is a major place of interest for Russian biathlon fans, they are already used to come here every year to watch the races of Biathlon World Cups. The stadium placed in the very heart of the nature park “Samarovskiy Chugas” is very picturesque for TV broadcasting and brings bright emotions to spectators. Thefirstraceswereheldherein 1997.
The constructing of the Winter Sport Centre was made in several stages and in 2009 there was the large-scale redesign of the stadium. It is considered to be one of the best biathlon stadiums in the world. In addition to the stadium with stands for spectators, team rooms, tracks and a shooting range, the sport complex includes the sport school for kids, a hill for testing skis and a building of media-center that will be the main headquarters of journalists during Deaflympics. The Winter Sport Centre has all equipment required for work of officials and journalists, besides, it includes a hotel “On seven hills”, where the referees of the Deaflympics will be living.
Two times, in 2003 and in 2011 the Centre was hosting the Biathlon World Championships, besides, many biathlon competitions of regional, national and international level and cultural and public events were held here. In 2007 the Winter Sport Centre was hosting the National Cross-country Skiing Championships, so this discipline is not new to the organizers.
The preparation process
The traditional Biathlon World Cup will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk on March’16-22. It means that there will be only one week break between World Cup Final and Deaflympics. However, theorganizersarenotconfusedwiththis.
The re-equipment will take two or three days, – says the general manager of the Centre Nikolay Vtorushin. – Skiers will use the same tracks as biathletes. The only difference is in sprint, we will use the 1,2 km ski and roller track for this discipline. It is places of the slopes of alpine-skiing complex, has high grade descents and was never used for biathlon. This track is also almost ready, we just need to put the flagging there. There was no serious criticism of it during the inspection held last week. We have only discussed some specific technical issues that will be solved in the nearest future. Wearealreadyworkingonthem”.
It is to be noted that the national team of Russia has already tested the Deaflympic cross-country skiing tracks – on November’14-29 skiers had the training session in Khanty-Mansiysk as a part of the process of getting ready for the Games. More than that, 5 athletes out of 14 team members know the stadium very well, as they represent Ugra.
9:00 Skiathlon (women) 5+5 km
11:00 Skiathlon (men) 10+10 km
10:00 Relay 3х10 km (men)
9:00 Sprint (women)
11:00 Sprint (men)
10:00 Team sprint (men)
9:00 Mass-start (women) 10 km
11:00 Mass-start (men) 15 km