"It’s amazing that close to my heart Kazan has been more than once hosting the starts of such a scale! Kazan is rightly considered the “Sports Capital” of our Motherland. Year after year, we may witness major international championships, enjoy tight contest of the planet’s best athletes, worry for our heroes within the walls of the modern sports facilities.
In my personal experience, I dare say that the work of the Organising Committee for the home tournaments is in no way inferior to the Olympic Games but oftentimes surpasses. It makes me feel good to realise that the capital of sunny Tatarstan is again opening its doors to the top-notch athletes, and I want to give many thanks for the opportunity to become a part of the high-profile event. See you soon in Kazan!"
Russian swimmer, silver medallist of the Olympic Games, champion and prize-winner of the world championships, champion and prize-winner of the European championships. Alumnus of the Tatarstan’s swimming school.