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“We saw friendship and unity of colleagues”: Ufa hosts 4th Winter Sports Festival of Transneft

Date of publication: 6 March 2019 Printable version

The final stage of the 4th winter Sports Festival among Transneft subsidiaries’ employees, held on 2–3 March 2019, has been summed up in Ufa. Competitions in four sports were held on the territory of the Biatlon sports complex (ski race, mixed ski relay) and the Olympic Park mountain ski complex (mountain skiing, snowboarding).

The competition was attended by 80 athletes representing 21 Transneft subsidiaries from all the regions where the Company operates, from the Baltic and the Black Sea region to Siberia and the Russian Far East.

The competition began with the lighting of the torch of the Sports Festival. Maksim Grishanin, First Vice President of Transneft, and the Vice Presidents Boris Korol and Vyacheslav Skvortsov, as well as Timur Bezymiannikov, General Director of Transneft Urals, took part in the opening ceremony of the Sports Festival. “These competitions are held in the Bashkir land, in Ufa, the region which occupies a prominent place in Russian oil industry and in Transneft’s business structure,” said Maksim Grishanin. “I am sure you will spend these days in the atmosphere of sports excitement and friendly competition. I wish you perfect weather and a fair victory!”

While the excitement and competition were in excess, the weather was not so nice for the participants: it was snowing for two days in Ufa. However, it did not hinder the participants of the Festival from trying to show their best results. And since all athletes had previously won  qualifying competitions and regional stages of the Sports Festival, the rivalry was extremely sharp. This was most clearly manifested, perhaps, during the ski relay (4 by 3 km, freestyle). And although at first stage representatives of Transneft Western Siberia were more than a minute ahead of their closest rivals,  skiers of Transneft Urals minimised this gap as soon as at third stage, and at fourth stage, they overtook the Siberians by more than twenty seconds, finishing first.

“We’ve seen everything that happens in real sports: drama, excitement, victories and disappointments,” said Maksim Grishanin, summing up the results of the competition. “But more importantly we saw the friendship and unity of our colleagues in the midst of this wonderful event.”

Addressing the contestants, Boris Korol noted that every one of them showed an outstanding will to win and a desire to show good results. “Many have succeeded, and many have overcome themselves in the first place,” he said. “Sport in the Company as a whole, in all Transneft subsidiaries, is developing, and we will make every effort to ensure that as many employees as possible lead a healthy lifestyle. We see it as a partnership between the employer and the staff. ”

The goal of the Sports Festival is to promote physical culture and an active lifestyle among employees of Transneft subsidiaries. It contributes to formation and development of corporate culture, strengthens ties between the teams, promotes intra-team cohesion and helps implement the unified state policy in the field of physical culture and sports.

According to the results of the competition, teams from the following subsidiaries led by the number of awards: Transneft  East (Bratsk, 6 medals), Transneft Urals (Ufa, 5 medals) and Transneft Western Siberia (Omsk, 4 medals).

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