On January 30th, the team of South Ural State University will go to Tyumen to take part in the Friendship 60th Annual Sports Competition of Teachers, Researchers and Employees of Higher Educational Institutions of the Urals and Siberia.
On the eve of the athletes’ departure, the SUSU Rector Alexander Wagner addressed the team with parting words and wished them victory in the competition:
"Dear friends! I wish you good luck and success in this competition, which is traditional for our university. I am sure that SUSU is a powerful, united family that maintains strong sports traditions. I wish you new achievements and bright sporting victories!"
The Friendship sports competition originated in the Urals in 1964. Its main goals are the development of mass physical culture and sports among the academic and administrative staff of higher educational institutions, the strengthening of sports and scientific ties between competing universities, the promotion of physical culture and sports as the most important element in the formation of a healthy lifestyle.
"SUSU continues to develop sporting achievements and the desire for success. We preserve the traditions established 60 years ago and involve our young teachers in competitions. The selection of athletes takes place in accordance with our university Vigour and Health Sports Competition, which is annually held at the university with the support of the SUSU Club of Physical Culture and Sports, Trade Union and university administration," said Albert Aminov, Director of the Club of Physical Culture and Sports, Head of the Department of Self-perfection in Sports at the SUSU Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service.
This year, 40 SUSU faculty and staff members aged 27 and older from our university will take part in the competition. The team participate in all disciplines: cross-country skiing, table tennis, badminton, volleyball, swimming and GTO (Ready for Labour and Defence) all-around. This year, darts will also be held outside the competition.
"Our team has been training hard, doing joint sporting activities and putting a lot of effort into training. Every year we take part in this sports competition, we strive to win not only in badminton, but also in the general team championship," shared Mikhail Zhikharev, Associate Professor of the Department of Engineering Mechanics at the SUSU Institute of Engineering and Technology, captain of the badminton team.
Twelve universities from the Ural and Siberian regions are expected to take part in the 60th Anniversary Sports Competition. Following the results of the competition, the winners will receive medals in each sports category.