The forum was held in the now-familiar hybrid online/offline format. Modern technologies have allowed online visitors to not only participate in video conferences and round tables but to have a look around the exhibition area as well.
At the "Modern sport. Innovations and prospects" exhibition guests could speak to various sports industry representatives and take part in fitness, golf, and archery training sessions. Tennis and cyber football tournaments were held as a part of sports activities. Young chess players invited to the event had an opportunity to try themselves in a simultaneous match against the world champion Anatoly Karpov.
One of the highlights of the exhibition was the 2023 FISU World University Games stand. There, visitors had an opportunity to find out more about the Games in Ekaterinburg and examine a model of the Games Village. Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation Oleg Matytsin and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko were amongst the guests of the stand. Games Mascots Yaggi, Heaty, and Cedry held an extensive photo shoot at the forum.
Questions of youth sports, sports facilities construction, modernizing the industry, creating a social media platform for athletes, and many others were raised during the panel discussions. At the final panel of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, both completed and forthcoming tasks for the development of Russian sports as part of the "Strategy-2030" were discussed. It was noted that the industry's swift response to the circumstances of the pandemic has allowed holding 7203 sporting events out of the 13000 planned for 2020. 109 of them were international.
I want to express my gratitude for the work well done. I wish that the year 2021 will be healthier and more successful for our Olympians and the industry as a whole - said in his closing speech Minister of Sport Oleg Matytsin.