Russia, the Host Nation
Russia is the largest country in the world; it occupies more than an 8th of the Earth. It extends across northern Asia and 40% of the territory of Europe, spanning 9 time zones, offering a range of climatic zones and landscapes. It is known for its ethnocultural diversity.
Official language: Russian
The majority of the population speaks one of the following foreign languages: English (predominantly), German and French.
National currency: ruble
Russia has the world's greatest reserves of mineral and energy resources and is considered one of the world's top energy producers. The population of Russia is approximately 145 million people.
Russia has a stable democracy with a strong and effective Federal Government. It comprises 83 federal regions. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, one of the federal regions of Russia.
Russia is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G8, APEC, the SCO, WTO, and is a leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Sport has always been one of Russia's top national priorities. Soviet and Russian athletes have always been prominent on the international sporting stage, excelling in Olympic sports and among the top medal winners at the Olympic Games and World Championships.
The Federal Government allocates substantial funds to develop both high performance sports and citizen participation.
Federal Target Programs have been launched to promote sport to the public as a fundamental social activity. About 2,000 sport centres will be constructed across the country over the next 10 years, providing Russians with the facilities needed to practice sports and enjoy world-class competitions. The government strongly believes that healthy lifestyle choices in a variety of sports will lead to a healthier society.
At the same time, the Russian Federation believes that hosting major international sporting events provides a perfect opportunity to welcome guests from all over the world, to share the celebration of sport and youth, and to increase the social benefits created by these events.
An extraordinary example of the government's commitment to hosting international sports events is the success of the bidding campaigns: in 2013 Kazan hosted the World University Games, in 2014 the Winter Olympic Games will be held in Sochi, in 2015 the 16th FINA World Championships will take place in Kazan and in 2018 eleven cities of Russia will play host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.