No more than $1,2 billion spent on Universiade sports venues in Kazan - official

First Vice Premier Igor Shuvalov has said that no more than 40 billion rubles were spent on all sports facilities for the Summer Universiade in Kazan.

"No more than 40 billion rubles were spent on all the sports facilities related to the Universiade. The other funds went to the development of Kazan's infrastructure with the biggest spending of around 39 billion rubles channeled to the development of the transport network, he said to Interfax commenting on the announcement of the leadership of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) that $4.5 billion were spent on preparations for the Universiade.

In turn, President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov speaking of the spending on the games told Interfax that "some 230 billion rubles from federal and republican coffers and private sources were invested in the years preceding the Universiade in the development of Kazan."

"However, the sum includes the construction of roads, the construction of the metro, the construction of a railway line from the airport to the city center and the modernization of the airport and the construction of sports venues," he said.

"Some 40 billion rubles were spent on sports facilities proper," he said.

"The city was transformed, I would say, reborn, and everything built for the Universiade will serve people," Minnikhanov concluded.

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