On the night of August 29 the women’s team of Canada arrived in Surgut to take part in the Water Polo World Cup. Athletes were welcome in the airport by Surgut officials and journalists. In accordance with Russian tradition the guest of the city were treated with bread and salt while the ensemble of the Surgut Philharmonic “Otrada” performed folk songs. Canadian team was greeted in Khanty language, as well as in Russian and English.
Today teams have already started training in 50-meter pools in the sport complex “Olymp” and Surgut Ice Palace. Canadian head coach Charis Pavlidis spoke to the press: “The main goal of our participation in this competition is getting into the best four. This result will provide us with a “ticket” to the World Championship next year and will be a conformation of our qualification”. Hayley McKelvey also sheared with journalists her expectations about the World Cup: “For sure players in the Russian team are pretty strong. We compete on a regular basis and our game is always a tough one. It is a honor to play in Russia and open up a new culture”.
Eight world strongest teams will participate in the World Cup – USA, Spain, Canada, Australia, South Africa, China, New Zealand and Russia. “These days women’s water polo teams are arriving in Surgut and the city is ready to host them. The volunteers from Surgut State University are helping us. They are all major in linguistics. We planned to place volunteers in the sport complexes and other workers could use common phrases in English. Security questions are the most important for us by far. I am sure the competition will go smooth and have a welcoming atmosphere”, – pointed the Head of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of the City Administration Shamil Lukmanov.
International event will be held from September 4 to September 9 in a new sports complex with a 50-meter pool of the Olympic Reserve School “Olymp”, Universitetskaya Street, 21/2. The entrance to the Women’s Water Polo World Cup will be free of charge. To give a chance to as many as possible people to watch the large international tournament live, the number of spectator seats is increased, and an additional tribune is installed. Thus, the sports complex can simultaneously take up to 650 fans.
Source: Management of documentary and information support of the Administration of the city of Surgut.