Teams from Belarus and Russia are invited to compete for the Arctic Cup winners title. Traditionally, the competition was organized by the Russian Curling Federation with the Nornickel company’s support.
The organizers decided to hold the sixth competition in a modified format – the competition will be held between the strongest women’s and men’s teams.
“Russia will be represented at the tournament by several national teams: Sergey Gluhov’s team and the main national women’s team with the skip Alina Kovaleva. There will also be a specially formed international team – Russia/Belarus (Samoilik, Dudko/Ustinovich, Torsunova) – and two specially formed star Russian teams of participants in the 2014 Olympic Games – the team of Anna Sidorova and the team of Alexey Stukalsky”, the organizers said.
As part of the Cup, a special program was prepared in Dudinka with sports and mass sports events for citizens, including master classes in biathlon and cross-country skiing.
On the eve of the International Arctic Curling Cup opening, Dudinka will also host another tournament among young curlers. The competition will be held from 25 to 28 May in the Taimyr ice arena.
Two teams from Dudinka, as well as from Krasnoyarsk and Kuzbass will take part in the Junior Nornickel Curling Cup – in competitions with the strongest athletes in their age category, young curlers will gain valuable competitive experience.
In addition, for the first time, Dudinka will host a night amateur curling league with journalists, athletes and honored guests as participants.
Recall that one of the main goals of curling competitions is to popularize the Olympic sport among the region inhabitants, as well as to develop the sports infrastructure of the region. Curling in Dudinka is popular among young people. In 2016, a curling school was opened in the city. Today, more than a hundred people are engaged in it, many athletes represent the region at all-Russian competitions. Thanks to curling, Dudinka gained particular popularity.
Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko