Baluan Sholak sports complex would be good place for Aziada closing ceremony – Almaty Aziada Directorate


Yelena Ilinskaya

Baluan Sholak sports complex would be good place for Aziada closing ceremony - Almaty Aziada DirectorateSix more months till the opening of the Aziada 2011 which is to include downhill skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, skiing, orienteering, bandy, women ice hockey, freestyle. Eight of them will take place in Almaty. Recently it was known that the closing ceremony would be held in Almaty. The Baluan Sholak sports complex would be a good place for holding closing ceremony of the Games as Director of the Almaty Directorate of Aziada 2011 Sultanmakhmud Shokbytov considers.

The reconstruction of the stadium is almost completed, now there are 5 thousand seats more than it used to be, now it has special place for holding concert events. The total area of auxiliary facilities is expanded to 10 thousand square meters. A new display and new equipment have been installed. A training ring is under construction at present.

According to Mr. Shokbytov a good performance of our women’s volleyball team that took first place at the international tournament for the Cup of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev proved that the complex met all international standards and was ready for holding here closing ceremony of the Games and helping our sportsmen in reaching the desirable results.

In whole the issue of holding the closing ceremony had been long discussed until the President confirmed it while visiting the complex recently.

“The President’s decision made us renew the reconstruction works that had been started in 2009. Currently Almaty akimats are urged to calculate the expenses”, Mr. Shokbytov said.

S. Shokbytov said that within the preparation of sports facilities several test competitions were planned. “Test competitions are important for checking the facilities and solving organization problems in case they emerge, such as transportation, accommodation, security, etc.’, S. Shokbytov noted.

“Around 2200 volunteers have applied for taking part in organization of the Games. And we plan to start training them”, the head of the Almaty Directorate said.

It should be mentioned that this upcoming Aziada is highly important for the image of our country. Sportsmen, coaches, members of the official delegations, heads and specialists from different sports organizations, journalists and other people from many countries will visit Astana and Almaty during those days. Thousands of tourists are expected to arrive in Kazakhstan. Therefore these Games impose huge responsibility on us but we ready to carry out them proudly.