A FISU delegation has begun its third inspection for Yekaterinburg 2023 ©FISU

An International University Sports Federation (FISU) delegation has said it is satisfied with progress made by Yekaterinburg 2023 at the start of its third inspection visit.

The delegation, led by Summer World University Games director Marc Vandenplas, has travelled to Russia to assess progress.

The visit has begun in Moscow, with meetings held at the Yekaterinburg 2023 offices.

A detailed report of the clients’ services division was studied at the meetings, along with accommodation, accreditation and volunteer management.

A meeting was held with Svetlana Mironova, the director of Russia’s Department for Coordination of Major International Events.

Russian Student Sports Union President Sergey Seyranov was also present, along with Yekaterinburg 2023 general director Alexander Chernov.

Vandenplas said that while organisers have a shorter timeframe to prepare for the Games than normal, they appear on track to deliver a successful event.

“This is our third inspection visit, and every time we note with satisfaction the progress in all functional areas,” Vandenplas said.

“We have managed to build an efficient interaction with our Organising Committee colleagues based on transparent and direct communication.”

“Of course, we understand how challenging the task is.

“After all, it usually takes six years to prepare the Games, but in this case we have exactly half the time.

“But we have had two successful Universiades in Russia.

“We are familiar with the work and professional skills of our Russian colleagues, therefore we believe in a successful edition of the Summer World University Games in Yekaterinburg in 2023.”

The inspection visit will continue in Yekaterinburg ©FISU
The inspection visit will continue in Yekaterinburg ©FISU

The inspection visit is now expected to continue in Yekaterinburg in the coming days.

Yekaterinburg was awarded the Summer University Games - formerly known as the Summer Universiade - last July.

A total of 28 venues will be used, with 20 already constructed, it is claimed.

A new volleyball venue will be built, as will facilities for tennis, judo, gymnastics and aquatics.

The aquatics venue will be the only one purpose-built for the Universiade, with the remaining venues set to be constructed regardless.

The Games is scheduled to take place from August 8 to 19 in 2023.