“SUSU, University of Sport!”: 75th Anniversary Celebration Events Started at the University

On May 17th a “SUSU, University of Sport!” festivity was held at Elena Elesina Track and Field Complex. This big-scale event was organized by the Institute of Sport, Tourism, and Service of South Ural State University jointly with the Administration for Sporting and Mass Participation Events and the All-Russian Ready for Labour and Defense Physical Education Tests Complex.

This big-scale event was dedicated to several anniversaries at once: 75th anniversary since the date of the university’s establishment is being celebrated this year; the Department of Physical Education and Health is celebrating its 70th anniversary; the Department of Theory and Methodology of Physical Culture and Sport is celebrating its 20th anniversary; and the traditional relay of the Technopolis newspaper is celebrating its 50th anniversary. SUSU received congratulations on these big events from the Deputy Minister of Physical Education and Sports for the Chelyabinsk Region Vitaly Yakushev.

“South Ural State University provides baseline training of specialists not only across the Chelyabinsk Region, but at the Russian Federation level as well. And it is gratifying that SUSU also trains specialists in the field of physical education and sports. On behalf of the Ministry of Sports I would like to thank the university’s administration, the faculty, as well as students for the big work they are doing,” says Vitaly Yakushev in his greetings speech.

The traditional track and field Technopolis relay began with a 500-meter Olympic race of the university teachers and staff, and after that the competition was held among student teams. During the relay, all those willing could pass the GTO standard tests (Ready for Labour and Defense Physical Education Tests) on a separate ground.

A Food Court Zone was organized at the festivity, where the athletes were treated to pilaf cooked in a unique 130-litre cooking pot and based on the recipe by Professor of the Department of Production Technology and Catering Organization Abduvaki Toshev; and the SUSU’s major creative groups performed on stage as part of the cultural and entertainment program.

“The preparation took over two months, and all the SUSU’s centers were involved. More than 20 volunteers were engaged: all students of the Multidiscipline College at the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service. 8 groups performed on stage, including a group Olimpia coaches, Crazy Family dance school, Deep Vision studio, and SUSU’s vocal band,” shares organizer and lecturer of the Multidiscipline College at the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service Svetlana Vostrikova.

The Head of the Department of Self-perfection in Sports, Director of the SUSU’s Club of Physical Culture and Sports Albert Aminov shares on development of sports at SUSU.

“Some time ago the relay ran along the public roads: along Lenin Prospect, Kommuny and Engelsa streets, but later a modern complex was built near our university. People came to realize that going in for sports, even if you’re an amateur, is better if you use professional technologies and equipment. The freshmen are immediately immersed into this atmosphere of physical culture and mass sports. And these activities do not stop for the summer period: having passed their exams, students go to Olimp summer camp to train for the competitions which will be held in the very beginning of the new academic year,” notes Albert Aminov.

In the end of the event cups and certificates were awarded to the winners from among students of various years of studies of the main university, students of the SUSU branches in Zlatoust and Miass, as well as students of the Multidiscipline College at the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service. Director of the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service Vadim Ehrlich shares on the peculiarities of the held sports festivities.

“Within the framework of the traditional track and field relay a Ready for Labour and Defense Physical Education Tests Complex is now being held, which allows to assess the student’s level of physical training. It is an important moment both for the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service and for the university. I’ve always wished that our students stood head and shoulders above all others in the context of physical training. Many things depend on it: life standing, studies, ability to make decisions fast. And I see that we’re progressing in this process,” notes Vadim Ehrlich.

Director of the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service also stresses that passing the GTO standard tests during the track and field relay will be held in the future as well.

Azaliya Sharafutdinova, photo by: Oleg Igoshin
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