Olympic champions Sofia Velikaya and Ilya Zakharov – BRICS Games Ambassadors

Two-time Olympic saber fencing champion Sofia Velikaya and Olympic diving champion Ilya Zakharov became ambassadors of the BRICS Games.

Ambassadors’ initiation ceremony took place at the “Russia” exhibition‑forum at VDNH (All-Union Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy) within the framework of the plenary session “Opportunities of the future: long and active life. Sport”. The statuettes of the ambassadors were presented to the Olympic champions by the Minister of Sport of Russia Oleg Matytsin and Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan Vladimir Leonov.

“For me, as an active athlete, it is a great honour to become an ambassador of the BRICS Games – it is a great opportunity to show my talent and skills. It is important that such a tournament will be held in our country and it is especially great that the Games will be held in Kazan, which always hosts bright sports celebrations. I am proud to accept this great gesture and become an ambassador of the Games.” Sofia Velikaya declared.

According to Ilya Zakharov, the tournament will become a significant event in the global sport.

“I am very pleased to become an ambassador of the BRICS Games, because I am sure that these competitions will become a new round in world sports. Be sure to come and watch these competitions to support our athletes, it is especially important now.” Ilya Zakharov said.

According to Vladimir Leonov, Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan, the BRICS Games proved to be a very popular tournament, as evidenced by the successful ticket sales kick-off.

“We launched the ticket sales for the competition last Tuesday – 50 days to go to the opening of the Games – and in just two days we have already sold 4,500 tickets out of about 100,000. We see a large sales geography, tickets are bought not only by people from Kazan and Tatarstan, but also by fans from all over the country and around the world.” Vladimir Leonov explained.

You can purchase the tickets for the BRICKS Games 2024 in Kazan on the official website of the BRICS Games or on the website of the official partner of the tournament