RIA Novosti, R-Sport Cover World Student Games With Biggest Team Ever
07/08/2013

The RIA/R-Sport team at the Games, held July 6-17 in the Volga River city of Kazan, includes reporters, photographers and photo editors, plus three regional sports journalists who won the Lucky Ticket to Sochi contest organized by R-Sport.

Online PR News – 08-July-2013 – Russia, Moscow – RIA Novosti, the host-nation news agency for the 27th World Summer Student Games, and its affiliate R-Sport have sent a 60-person team to cover the 2013 Games – the largest group a news agency has ever sent to cover the biannual event.
The RIA/R-Sport team at the Games, held July 6-17 in the Volga River city of Kazan, includes reporters, photographers and photo editors, plus three regional sports journalists who won the Lucky Ticket to Sochi contest organized by R-Sport.
“We are pleased that RIA Novosti, Russia’s largest news agency and one of the best in the world, is the host agency of the Student Games in Kazan,” Vladimir Leonov, CEO of the Games’ executive directorate, said. “I am confident that this team of professionals who carry out successful projects in different areas of sports journalism will make the Games even more interesting and memorable for all sports fans. For our part, we will create the most comfortable working conditions possible for RIA Novosti and all other journalists.”
Coverage will focus on Russian athletes. R-Sport and RIA Novosti plan to run at least 50 multimedia news items a day, such as reports from the opening and closing ceremonies, interviews with athletes, comments by coaches and sports officials and competition results. RIA Novosti’s photo and video correspondents are set to send about 1,000 photos and at least two videos a day, including informational videos, interviews with Russian athletes and coaches, and video footage of competitions in 27 sports.
R-Sport has launched a special project, Kazan2013.rsport.ru, providing up-to-the-minute and exclusive news, video and photos made using the latest high-tech equipment and data-transmission technologies, with descriptions in Russian and English. During the Games, RIA Novosti will use an MRMC system, allowing users to see water sports, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies, from angles that are inaccessible for photographers.
Users of social networks will be able to have photos of important events sent to them instantly via Twitter.
On the Way to the Olympics
Top editors for both agencies agreed that the Kazan event is a crucial dress rehearsal for covering next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
“The Student Games in Kazan are the last major training event for RIA Novosti journalists to practice delivering news content before the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics,” Vasily Konov, editor-in-chief of R-Sport said. “We feel a great sense of responsibility and so we’ve sent a large group of journalists to Kazan. Our main goal is to work hard and make sure we are ready for the Olympics.”
According to RIA Novosti’s first deputy editor-in-chief Maxim Filimonov, “the Student Games are an important phase of preparation for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi for RIA Novosti and R-Sport. We plan to focus on teamwork and technical innovations that will be used for putting together sports content.”
Filimonov also thanked the Student Games’ executive directorate for the opportunity to work in Kazan at a time when the city will be the focus of attention for millions of fans around the world, and expressed confidence that RIA Novosti will do its best to provide complete and prompt information from Kazan to its readers and viewers.
RIA Novosti is the official host-nation news agency and photobank for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. It received this status from the International Olympic Committee in September 2011. In March 2013, RIA Novosti was likewise granted the status of host-nation news agency for the Paralympic Games in Sochi.