The grand opening of the international tournament “Games of the Future” took place in Kazan

22 February2024
The grand opening of the international tournament “Games of the Future” took place in Kazan
“Games of the Future” are competitions in a phygital format that combines classical and digital sports. The tournament program includes 21 disciplines in five areas: sports, tactics, strategy, technology, speed. Over two thousand athletes from more than one hundred countries will take part in the competition.

The ceremony was also attended by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, President of the Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

Speech by the President of Russia at the opening of the Future Games

Vladimir Putin: Dear tournament participants! Dear foreign guests and heads of delegations! Ladies and Gentlemen! Friends!


I am glad to welcome to Russia the pioneers of physical sports - a completely new, innovative format that determined the very name of the upcoming competitions: these are truly the games of the future.

The interweaving of traditions and modernity, the harmony of physical perfection and high intelligence, the unity of sports and technology, education and science. All this is necessary for a person for comprehensive development and success in our era of rapid changes, in the multifaceted, multipolar, free and competitive world that is being formed before our eyes.

It is natural that the idea of combining classical and e-sports was born in Russia.

Our country has been and remains one of the leading sports powers on the planet, the birthplace of great athletes, victories and records. We have always advocated the promotion of sport and its high humanistic values.

“Games of the Future” is our gift to the global sports family.

But Russia is also a land of great scientists, designers, and engineers. Their achievements revealed new horizons of knowledge to humanity, and today our research teams and companies are reaching the top in digital technologies and the use of artificial intelligence, in areas that are at the forefront of progress.

And of course, from time immemorial, Russia has been famous for its generosity and hospitality; it is always ready to welcome friends and organize a big, colorful holiday for them, including a sports festival.

We are proud of the highest level of organization of the most exciting, large-scale international sports competitions, and many of them took place right here in Kazan.

This city, like the whole of Tatarstan, fully corresponds to the content and spirit of the “Games of the Future”. Original, multinational, rich in the cultures of different peoples, he sacredly preserves the heritage of his ancestors and at the same time is always open to new things, boldly takes on the most complex, innovative projects and carries them out brilliantly.

The sports sector is one example. The sports complexes and arenas created in Tatarstan for the world championships are widely in demand by people of all ages and serve mass sports, the development of which is given great attention in Russia. This is one of our government priorities.

I am sure that physical sports will definitely be among the most popular, popular types of active leisure for Russian citizens. Relevant, spectacular, dynamic, it is able to inspire interest in physical education and a healthy lifestyle among people of all generations and, of course, among children and youth.

This is the special value of the “Games of the Future” for us - along with, of course, the affirmation of the main, fundamental principles of sport: the solidarity of the countries and peoples of the world, the equality of all athletes and fair, uncompromising struggle.

“Games of the Future” means freedom from political conditions, all types of discrimination and double standards. I am sure that genuine sport will reign at the Games venues.

Two thousand athletes from more than a hundred countries of the world will have to demonstrate masterly skill, perseverance, and the will to win. And there is no doubt that the competition of the best of the best will become an extremely exciting event and will win the hearts of the audience, revealing new bright stars to us.

The international tournament in the phygital concept is a unique story for the modern chronicle of world sports. And this story begins right here, now, in Russia.

Good luck!



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