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Ice Speedway to hit Medeu on Valentine's Day

Photo courtesy of ampravda.ru Photo courtesy of ampravda.ru

On February 14 and 15, Almaty’s Medeu ice skating rink will host a stage of the Speedway world championship, Tengrinews reports citing Vesti.kz.

It is the third time ice racing will take place in Almaty. Medeu hosted the event in 1989 and 1992.

18 competitors from Sweden, Austria, Germany, Russia, the Czech Republic, Finland and Kazakhstan will participate in the event.

“We hear about Kazakhstan more and more. Kazakhstan is rapidly developing and the international community notices it. That is why we are happy to open the Speedway World Championship Stage in Almaty. I liked Medeo skating rink a lot,” Armando Castagna of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) said.

“We are honoured to host the Speedway World Championship Stage at the legendary ice skating rink Medeo along with the FIM. This memorable event would definitely contribute to the positive news about Kazakhstan in the wake of the Universiade and the EXPO-2017. Our racers Vladimir Cheblakov (first team), Pavel Nekrasov and Denis Slepukhin (in reserve) will compete at the World Championship Stage,” the President of Kazakhstan Automotosport Federation Marat Abykayev said.

Motorcycle ice racing is considered one of the most dangerous disciplines. On February 14, racers will compete in the evening lights. On February 15, the final of the World Championship Stage will take place during daytime. 22 races will be held per day. Four racers will complete in each race. The organizers of the event plan to stream the competition live.

Medeu is highest skating rink in the world situated at 1,691 metres above the sea level. Medeo hosted 2011 Asian Winter Games, Bandy World Championship 2012 and other sports events. In 2017, the ice skating rink will host the Universiade competitions.

By Gyuzel Kamalova

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