Children and people with disabilities will learn golf in Tatarstan — RealnoeVremya.com
The Republic of Tatarstan has embarked on a quest to create a ‘golf industry’ amid the pandemic and the focus on domestic tourism
The championship golf course with an area of 90-95 hectares near Kazan is part of the Sviyaga Hills resort, but, as it became known to Realnoe Vremya, it can be transferred to ownership or lease long-term in Tatarstan. The BASU Center for the Development of Professional, Amateur and Children’s Golf ANO, established by the Republican Ministry of Lands and Property, was registered in Kazan. BASU is expected to receive functions for the development of the golf industry in Tatarstan. However, “the golf industry without a course is like a swimmer without a swimming pool”, believe market players. The ministry has not yet disclosed by whom and what assets will be included in BASU.
Sviyaga Hills Golf Club is out of competition
Golf, as a sport, remains very exotic in Tatarstan, but Kazan can still claim to host a full-fledged competitive tournament in this game. Inside the all-weather resort Sviyaga Hills there is a golf course 18 holes of championship level, which is considered one of the largest and most modern in Russia. The course was commissioned in 2015, but there is no official information on who invested in its construction and how much. Experts estimate the cost at 25-30 million dollars at 2015 prices. Sources from Realnoe Vremya remind that the course was built at the expense of the republic budget and was opened together with the Gorky Club golf course near St. Petersburg.
The more courses there are, the more interesting the game. After two or three games, players try to change the course to liven up the game. For this reason, there are many golf courses in the country in Russian megalopolises, in the south of Russia (Krasnodar), golfers say .
But the popularity of the Sviyaga golf course is a difficult question. According to the calendar of All-Russian competitions on the website of the Russian Golf Association, this year they will be held at the golf courses of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Rostov and Tver Oblast. Tatarstan does not appear in this list. The regional golf federation is responsible for attracting golf tournaments to Sviyaga Hills. Its president, according to the association’s website, is Timur Zaynutdinov. According to SPARK Interfax, he is a co-owner of the KVART plant, associated with the company of the family of Ravil Ziganshin, owner of the Kazan Production and Construction Association.
Did Sviyaga Hills apply for the All-Russian Championships? According to the representative of the Tatarstan Golf Federation, Maria Artyukh, the calendar is an approximate schedule of tournaments and “everything can change at any time”.
According to her, the golf course of the Sviyaga Hills club regularly hosts three competitions that have All-Russian status. These are the Tatarstan President’s Cup charity tournament, which is traditionally held in August, the All-Russian amateur golf competitions and the Amateur League tournament.
Let’s add that the most significant event of this sport took place here 4 years ago. Then the strongest golfers from Russia, Britain and Uzbekistan teeed off at Sviyaga Hills, the Russian Golf Association reported. The organizers were the Russian Golf Association and the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation with the support of Association partners.
BASU ANO — the head of golf?
However, the golf course can “play” in a new way. As it became known from Realnoe Vremya, just a few days ago the Center for the Development of Professional, Amateur and Children’s Golf ANO was registered in Kazan. Its founder is the Ministry of Land and Real Estate Relations of the Republic of Tatarstan. The main OKVED — 93.11 (“Activities in the field of sports, recreation and entertainment”).
Vitaly Bolshakov, a well-known hotelier in the city, has been appointed head of the company, which as general manager manages the Bauman Printing House PLC and the Nogay Hotel, owned by Svyazinvestneftekhim. Vitaly Bolshakov himself confirmed the nomination of Realnoe Vremya, but asked for a one-week downtime to “carefully consider the matter”. He promised to tell us about the development plans for the new center.
BASU ANO was established on the instruction of the Government of the Republic. At the end of March, Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Aleksey Pesochin signed the decree specifying the functionality of the center. The document indicates that it will develop both professional, amateur and children’s golf, that is, in all categories.
“The purpose of establishing BASU ANO is the development of the golf industry in Tatarstan through the development of professional golf in the republic,” the press service of the Ministry of Land and Real Estate Relations of the Republic of Tatarstan explained to Realnoe Vremya.
According to the ministry, the task is to create conditions for golf courses for different categories and groups of the population, including citizens with disabilities. It is planned to open a sports academy for children and young people on the basis of BASU ANO. As well as support for projects and programs in the field of sport,” the ministry said in its response.
It should be noted that the preparation of ANO BASU was carried out by a serious division – the Department of Strategic Planning and Privatization of the Ministry of Land and Real Estate Relations. It is directed by Marsel Minullin. His agency, as indicated on the website, is involved in the development and implementation of measures for crisis management, prevention of insolvency (bankruptcy) of state unitary enterprises and joint-stock companies with a share of the Republic of Tatarstan more than 50% in the registered capital. And he is personally a member of the audit commissions of a number of large enterprises with state participation.
Interestingly, the press service of the Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan learned about this initiative at the request of Realnoe Vremya and found it difficult to comment. “No comment on this subject”, they wrote to our correspondent in response. Maria Artyukh also struggled to comment, as she has “no information yet” on this topic.
At the tournament for the Tatarstan President’s Cup
Last September, during the upcoming Tatarstan President’s Cup charity tournament, from which 2.3 million rubles were transferred, Tatarstan Sports Minister Vladimir Leonov spoke about its accessibility in an interview with Realnoe Vremya:
“When we started developing the sport 3-4 years ago, there was a lot of skepticism that golf was a sport for the wealthy. But in fact, this is not the case, everything is quite accessible. There are more expensive sports, believe me. If you want, our doors are open,” he said. “Today we say that the country is creating the conditions for the development of golf, there are a lot of tournaments. The golf community grows every year. We hope that Russian golf will reach a serious international level.
During the same period, information appeared about Ravil Ziganshin’s plans to build a second golf course, investing 10 million dollars in it. However, in the development program of Innopolis, which was prepared by ex-Minister of Communications Nikolay Nikiforov, such an object is not listed, the sources of Realnoe Vremya clarified.
Golf — as an Olympic sport
The current interest of the Ministry of Land and Real Estate Relations in golf has arisen, to say the least, spontaneously. The press service of the ministry linked it with the fact that golf has been included in the Olympic sports since 2016. That is, since the opening, the golf course of the Sviyaga Hills club has been granted carte blanche and could be at the top of the site rotation. for hosting competitions.
“In 2009, the International Olympic Committee decided to include golf in the program of the Summer Olympics, starting in 2016,” the ministry’s press service reported. “Taking into account, among other things, this decision, the Russian government approved the Strategy for the development of physical culture and sports in the Russian Federation for the period up to 2020, and the order of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation from September 18, 2014 No. 779 approved the Program for the development of golf in the Russian Federation until 2020. Thus, golf is included in the number of sports, the development of which is carried out at the national level. Pursuant to these programs, the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan also adopted a number of decisions and measures planned for the development and popularization of this sport in the republic.
Organizational details are being clarified
By whom and what assets can be contributed as a foundation contribution to BASU are not disclosed. “Organizational aspects are being clarified,” reported the press service of the Ministry of Land and Real Estate Relations of the Republic of Tatarstan. Sources suggest the contribution could be the golf course itself, which is 90-95 hectares in size.
According to representatives of the golf club, the course is now maintained thanks to the contributions of its 60 participants. According to SPARK Interfax, the Kazan ski sports and recreation complex almost halved its income at the end of 2020 – to 116.7 million rubles. According to the lawyers, the property transferred by the founders to ANO becomes the property of the company, and the founders themselves do not retain ownership rights. At the same time, the founders are not responsible for the obligations of the ANO, and the latter is not responsible for the obligations of its founders.
By Luiza Ignatyeva