Nugzar, Bakuri, Giorgi and Georgy from Georgia tell us how they first heard about Tatarstan’s capital and how they want to play football with participants from other countries.
- Had you heard of Kazan before you came here?
Nuzgar: It’s my first time here and I don’t know much about it, but I love football and have seen some Rubin Kazan matches. Your team used to have a Georgian player, Lasha Salukvadze, and I was watching for him. And now they have Solomon Kvirkvelia.
- What will you tell your friends and family about Kazan when you go back home?
Together: That Kazan is a very beautiful city. We really enjoyed exploring the centre, visiting the Kremlin and walking along the waterfront looking at the sights. We also really want to go to Kazan-Arena stadium, where Rubin play. We saw it but didn’t go inside – I hope that we’ll get the chance!
- Do you have any experience of prior IOIs?
Georgy: For two of us it’s the first time at this level. Giorgi’s here for the second time, and I took part last year and the year before.
- Did you have any success there?
- I have two bronze medals, and he has one.
- What are you hoping for at this Olympiad?
- I don’t know what will happen but we’re expecting good results. I hope that all four of us will go home with a medal.
- What made you really start to get into IT? Did playing computer games when you were younger help?
Georgy: No, no – I’ve actually never played a game on a computer. I always played sport, but at one point I really got into mathematics, and from that, IT.
Together: We studied at a physics-maths school where there’s a big focus on IT – that’s where it all started for us.
- Georgy – what sports do you do?
- Kickboxing and swimming. Once I was actually the kickboxing champion of Georgia.
- How did your parents react to your interest in IT?
- Positively – they’re happy with our interests.
- What else are you into?
- The four of us love playing football. Though we’ve only played together here at the Universiade Village.
- Do you want to start a football tournament here at the Universiade Village and play the teams from other countries?
- That’d be really cool, we’d definitely take part if they made a tournament like that.
- You have a bit of free time now – how are you planning to spend it?
- See the inside of the Kazan-Arena! And see the city, see what else there is.
- What would you like to wish the other teams?
- Let the best programmer win!