FISU President Oleg Matytsin expressed his confidence in organisers in Krasnoyarsk prior to this year's Winter Universiade ©FISU

International University Sports Federation (FISU) President Oleg Matytsin has expressed confidence in organisers prior to the Winter Universiade and suggested Krasnoyarsk 2019 will leave a strong legacy.

Matytsin was speaking with two weeks to go until the university sport event in the Siberian city.

He claimed that FISU have had a strong relationship with organisers, since the Winter Universiade was awarded to Krasnoyarsk back in 2013.

The Russian added that the Universiade, due to take place between March 2 and 12, would not only benefit athletes, but the host city and region.

"Within these six years of work we saw significant improvements of the region and we have been always keeping in mind the scale of this global task," he told Russia's official state news agency TASS.

"We have been speaking about the development of Siberia and I can certainly say now that the results are very positive.

"The issue of the heritage is the key one for our organisation as new sports facilities were built.

FISU President Oleg Matytsin believes Krasnoyarsk will benefit from hosting the 2019 Winter Universiade ©FISU
FISU President Oleg Matytsin believes Krasnoyarsk will benefit from hosting the 2019 Winter Universiade ©FISU

Matytsin added: "A social structure is in place, a bridge connecting two shores of Krasnoyarsk is erected, a new housing programme was launched and the reconstruction of the road network is in progress, while the programme of the human heritage remains the most important.

"Tens of thousands of people, who were involved in this project gained new knowledge and established communications both at the regional and global levels."

Matytsin also noted the Winter Universiade was the first edition of the Winter Universiade where FISU had cooperated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

This followed a Memorandum of Understanding reached by FISU and the IOC in late 2016, in which part of the agreement saw the organisation’s pledge to share best practice in sports competition management.

As part of this process, FISU signed an agreement with the International Testing Agency to take charge of doping controls at the Universiade, an event featuring more than 3,000 athletes in 11 sports. 

The agreement came following a recommendation from the IOC.