Sports facilities for Asian Games in Astana must be launched in summer 2010 - Akim

ANA. October 13. KAZINFORM. /Gulnara Zhandagulova/ Sports facilities for the Asian Winter Games should be put into service in summer 2010. Akim of Astana Imangali Tasmagambetov has said it at the 2nd sitting of the organization committee for preparation and holding of the VII Asian Games 2011; akimat's press service told Kazinform.

According to the Akim, it is necessary to launch all sports facilities in summer 2010 in order to hold test competitions of the international level in September.

"Besides, such measures are necessary for checking preparedness of equipment and personnel for the Games", he noted.

"Astana is planning to hold competitions on four kinds of sport - speed skating, men's ice hockey, short track, figure skating. The capital will also hold celebratory opening of the Games. A new 30,000-seat football stadium, "Kazakhstan" Sports Palace, ice skating stadium and republican cycle track will be used for holding of the Games", Chief of Tourism, Physical Culture and Sports Department A. Kurgambayev said.

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