Some 30,000 tourists are expected in the Kazakh city of Almaty to witness the 28th Winter Universiade multi-sports event, the municipal government said Friday.
"Invitations have been sent to the national university sports federations of all countries belonging to the FISU (International University Sports Federation)," the municipal government said in a communique.
The athletic competitions will take place Jan. 29-Feb. 8, 2017. The Universiade is held every two years, and was last contested in Granada, Spain.
Some 2,000 athletes from 55 countries took part in the games, the Almaty administration said.
Some 3,000 volunteers are expected to work at organizing the event and the city will welcome around 30,000 sports fans.
The Almaty city government said the total budget for the games is around $46 million and they will be held at eight different locations.
According to the games organizers, the Ice Arena rink can seat 3,000 sports fans and is scheduled to be ready by March 22.
The construction of four apartment blocks with room to lodge 5,000 people will be completed before March 22, four more blocks will be ready by May 9, and the last two buildings before July 6, according to the Almaty government.
"All the sports facilities will remain as a heritage for future generations, and the inauguration ceremony will take place in the year when the city of Almaty celebrates its 1,000th anniversary," Mayor Baurzhan Baibek said in the note.
Almaty's anniversary is registered on the World Heritage List of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. EFE