Ceremony held in Novosibirsk for construction of state-of-the-art Volleyball centre

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

Novosibirsk, Russia, June 19, 2018. On Monday, a large number of high-ranking officials attended the first stone ceremony for the construction of a Volleyball centre in Novosibirsk – where the elite Volleyball club Lokomotiv will find their new ‘home’. 

The centre will lie near the intersection of Frunze Street and the Hippodrome City of Novosibirsk.

The Acting Governor of the Novosibirsk region, Mr Andrey Travnikov, Novosibirsk Mayor Anatoly Lokot, the President of the Russian Volleyball Federation and CEV Vice-President Stanislav Shevchenko were among those attending the ceremony together with the Head of the West Siberian Railways Alexander Gritsay and the Minister of Sports of the Novosibirsk Region, Sergei Akhapov. The President and General Director of Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK, Vadim Goncharov and Roman Stanislavov, head coach Evgeni Mitkov and players Iliyas Kurkaev and Aleksey Rodichev attended the ceremony as well.

Sergey Grigoriev, Director of OOO AgroServis PFK and Ivan Shmidt, Minister of Construction of the Novosibirsk Region, joined in too.

“We are taking the participation of our professional team Lokomotiv in Russian and international competitions to the next level, therefore this facility is very important,” said the Acting Governor of the Novosibirsk Region, Andrey Travnikov.

Moreover, he stressed that the Russian men’s and women’s Volleyball teams will prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Volleyball centre in Novosibirsk.

The sports centre will be the largest of this kind beyond the Urals, with facilities covering an area of some 20,000 sq. m., on a plot of 4.5 hectares. The Volleyball centre will include two arenas – for training sessions and competitive matches respectively, with a total capacity of more than 5,000 spectators.

The Russian government has allocated a budget of almost 4 billion roubles for the construction of this centre as well as of additional sports facilities across the territory and ten regions of the Russian Federation. 

Stanislav Shevchenko, President of the Russian Volleyball Federation and CEV Vice-President: “I want to congratulate all the fans, as they have been waiting for a long time for the construction of this centre. Many thanks to the leadership of the region and the city and, of course, to all partners involved in the project. We plan to hold international competitions here in June/July 2020. We have also drafted plans for this centre to become the training base for our men’s and women’s national teams in their preparations for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.” 

“It seems to me that we will have our own home. We will no longer depend on someone else to train and play, since this will be our home,” Iliyas Kurkaev, middle blocker of Lokomotiv said. 

Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK claimed gold in the 2013 edition of the CEV Volleyball Champions League when they hosted the Final Four tournament in the city of Omsk. Earlier this season, they lost in the Playoffs 6 to eventual bronze medal winners Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA of Italy.

Information by cev.lu