Stanislav Pozdnyakov discussed the development of curling with Kate Caithness

Today, 18 February, the President of the ROC held a working meeting with the head of the World Curling Federation (WCF) Kate Caithness and the President of the Russian Curling Federation (RCF) Dmitry Svishchev. The parties discussed prospects for developing curling in our country, the World Junior Curling Championships held since February 15 in Krasnoyarsk, as well as issues related to organizing the 9th annual World Curling Congress and the General Assembly due to take place in St. Petersburg in September.

– Relations between the Russian Olympic Committee and the World Curling Federation are becoming better every year, opening up new opportunities for the development of this sport in our country, – said Stanislav Pozdnyakov. – Together with the Russian Curling Federation, we conduct several international competitions and other events, thereby promoting the ideas of integrity and unity in sports, at the same time popularizing curling.

According to Kate Caithness, curling gained popularity among young people and began to actively develop in Russia after the Olympic Games in Sochi.

– The 2014 Games were awesome. For the first time in history, all ice disciplines were represented in one sports venue, – noted the head of the WCF. – Largely thanks to the Olympic legacy of Sochi, Russia has taken one of the leading positions in the world in terms of curling. It is imperative that all of your Olympic venues are still being actively used.

Dmitry Svishchev spoke about the work of the Federation to expand the geography of curling in the country.

– In the near future, the Ice Cube arena, where all our teams are training, will turn into a center of martial arts. And we will build a new ice palace in Sochi, which will meet all the necessary standards. Curling on the Black Sea coast is very popular and I believe the younger generation should have a training base. In addition, curling arenas will appear in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Far East. When I headed the Russian Curling Federation, there were only 5 regional curling federations in the country. Now the number has increased to 30. Thanks to the support of the WCF and personally, Kate Caithness, Russia now hosts major international curling competitions. Of course, this contributes to popularizing curling.

Stanislav Pozdnyakov described to Kate Caithness one of the key projects of the ROC – the Olympic Country programme for promoting the development of mass sports.

– As part of the Olympic Country programme, we annually hold Winter Sports Day in almost all regions of the country. The Russian Curling Federation actively participates in this sports festival. The federation holds master classes for fans and sports enthusiasts, inviting prominent athletes for these events. By the way, I have some experience in playing curling – as part of the World Universiade in Krasnoyarsk I curled the first rock at the opening ceremony of the competition, – said the head of the ROC.

Dmitry Svishchev, in turn, thanked the Russian Olympic Committee for its assistance in acquiring all the necessary equipment and help on issues of remuneration of foreign specialists, as well as for providing diplomatic and expert support in the daily activities of the federation and in non-standard conditions faced during the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Also discussed were preparations for the World Curling Congress and the General Assembly set to be held in St. Petersburg in September. Both large-scale events will draw around 200 delegates from different countries and are organized with support from the ROC and the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation.