Basketball stars admired giant vehicles and polar day

Basketball stars admired giant vehicles and polar day

May 29, 2023

Central Sports Army club (CSKA) players got acquainted with Norilsk and Nornickel’s Sulfur Program facilities.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. CSKA basketball players Samson Ruzhentsev, Ivan Uhov, Anton Astapkovich and Philip Gafurov got to know Norilsk on of the friendly match eve and visited the team’s owner and general sponsor, Nornickel, enterprises and also learned about the unique environmental Sulfur Program.

For the athletes of one of the most titled basketball clubs in Russia, the everyday life of the northern city – a polar day, permafrost, metallurgy – is all for the first time.

At the Medvezhy Ruchey (Bear Creek) career, basketball players were struck by the enterprise’s unthinkable scale and giant machines, next to which athletes who were not at all small in stature felt like children.

“We are for the first time in such a place, beyond the Arctic Circle! Just giant cars! We looked at them from above at first, and they seemed like ants, and then you go down, and there the wheel is twice as big as you!” – CSKA forward Samson Ruzhentsev shared his impressions.

At the Nadezhda plant basketball players saw the metallurgists’ work, hot as lava metal, and noted the safety precautions strict observance.

At the end of the excursion there was a spontaneous 3×3 game against the factory workers in a brand new sports complex.

Basketball players also held a master class for young Norilsk athletes.

The CSKA defender Ivan Uhov continued the tradition – he took part in the project “A completely different matter” by the Severny Gorod media company, when famous people try on one of Nornickel’s working professions.

In 2023, CSKA celebrates its 100th anniversary, and the company’s cooperation with the club turns 20 years old. During this time, the army team won the Euroleague four times and reached the Final Four of the main European tournament 17 times.

“Two years ago, the army team also visited Norilsk, and this became a bright event for the city residents. That basketball match of the Norilsk Division team against the best team in the country is the highlight of our long-term and systematic work on the sports environment development in the region. Norilsk residents love sports, and the company’s task is to support healthy and positive hobbies,” said Sergey Stepanov, Norilsk Nickel senior vice president of.

A friendly match between the Nornickel Polar Division teams with the CSKA stars participation was able to be watched online by basketball fans all over the world.

Earlier, Nornickel organized in Norilsk an annual charity match with hockey stars. In 2023, the collection from ticket sales amounted to 1 million 300 thousand rubles, which the company almost quadrupled to six million. Two certificates of three million each were awarded to winter sports schools pupils.

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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

May 29, 2023

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