I am absolutely impressed with the organization of the competitions, Mr Aminov said. It was the first experience of Rostov but looked as a mature organization. Participants from more than 30 countries came to Rostov from all the corners of our globe: Argentina, Venezuela , Guatemala, South Africa, Korea. There were more than 200 athletes, the tribunes were always full and the spectators actively supported the athletes and added emotions to the event. It highlights the scale of the World Cup. Rostov authorities managed to organize the top level competitions.
Besides the competitions did you have any meetings with the Administration of the region or UIPM management?
Of course I did. I had several meetings with the administration of the city and the region and had meetings with UIPM management. We discussed the future cooperation with our Rostov colleagues, the possibility of organizing competitions in Rostov in the future and the possibility of establishment in Rostov Modern pentathlon Academy which would like to name after two times Olympic Champion, the citizen of Rostov Andrey Moiseev.
We also had a very important meeting on UIPM TV issues with UIPM President Dr. Klaus Schormann, UIPM Secretary General Joel Bouzou, UIPM member for Marketing Janis Leipins, Secretary General of ECMP Tatiana Ardabieva, UIPM Business delegate, responsible for TV Vjacheslav Malyshev, Head of Technical Services of HORIZON Adrian Battersby and ?hief producer of Sport Channels NTV PLUS Dmitry Chukovsky.
During the meeting we spoke about UIPM’s TV strategy and what can be done for the future.
Were the competitions in Rostov different from the other World Cups?
I can only say that we applied new marketing tools to attract spectators. In the course of the preparation for the World Cup the City cleverly presented the forthcoming event. Local mass media ( radio and TV) made several reports from the other MP competitions, they made live TV. The organizers sent out the invitations to all the sport schools of the city and of the region and made a real festival for the spectators. And believe me , it brought the result – there was a crowd of spectators wishing to enter the stadium, at the finals the tribunes were full but even at the qualification competitions the tribunes were 80% filled with people.
How did the foreign guests enjoy the competitions?
They just do not believe that Rostov had never hosted Modern pentathlon events before. «It can’t be so- some of them say- probably you had European or other international tournaments here before. Noone can believe that such a level is possible when you host the competitions for the first time.
But I know how much the MP federation of Russia , the LOC and the Rostov MP federation did together with the Regional and City authorities to provide success of this event. I would like to thank them with all my heart again. Many thanks to those who worked on the organization of this World Cup! I also would like to wish success to all the organizers of Modern pentathlon competitions this year and lucky starts! I wish we could arrange that with the help of TV Modern pentathlon would be known and seen worldwide.