On September 10, Vneshtorgbank`s III Summer Sports Games took place in the Luzniki center. It`s an annual corporate sports event embracing the Bank`s teams from various parts of the country. This year the number of the Games participants was unprecedented - together with Vneshtorgbank`s personnel and its branches also participating in the event were representatives of the Bank`s subsidiaries based in Russia and abroad, namely: Vneshtorgbank Financial Services, Armsberbank, United Georgian Bank, Vneshtorgbank (Ukraine) Russian Commercial bank (Zurich, Switzerland), and the team of Vnesheconombank which is an `old friend` of VTB. All in all, preliminary contests held in summer in all regions of VTB Group presence brought about 600 sportsmen and more than 60 teams eligible for participating in the Games.
The ceremony of the Games Opening took place in 10 o`clock and was attended by a representative group of guests. The Games were opened by Andrey Kostin, Chairman and CEO of Vneshtorgbank. Vyatcheslav Fetisov, Head of the Federal Agency of the Russian Federation for physical culture and sports, addressed the guests and participants of the Games with welcoming words. Then, a column of the Games participants marched past more than five thousand of fans. The column was headed by a team from Blaroveschensk, whose journey to Moscow had been the longest.
The Games program included competitions and tournaments in mini-football, volleyball, athletics, darts, weight lifting and tennis. The overall winner of the Games was the team of the Central Federal Region, among the branches the best were the teams of Moscow 1, Vyborg and Blagoveschensk. Besides, there were different sports and entertainment events organized especially for Vneshtorgbank fans and their families under the motto "Energy of your team". Both adult and young guests of the Games could participate in competitions in chess, table tennis, table- and floor-football and others.
Traditionally, the Games culminated in a football match between the team of Vneshtorgbank and the Moscow Government held within the framework of the Mayer`s Cup football tournament where the team of Vneshtorgbank is a permanent participant and a repeated prizewinner. The match between the old contestants was straight-out and thoroughgoing. The final score was 3:0 in favor of the Moscow Government team, one of the goals was credited to Yury Luzkov, Moscow Mayor.
For the third time running, the traditional Vneshtorgbank Tennis Cup tournament took place during the Games, with emotions and excitement not less than at the Grand slam tournaments. Among the participants were Aleksander Braverman, President of the Russian Marketing Association, Vadim Levin, First Deputy Chairman of Vneshtorgbank, Vasily Kirpitchev, Senior Vice President, and Igor Lebedev, Senior Vice President.
Prizes to the winners were presented by eminent sportsmen and sportswomen, such as Galina Gorophova, the three times Olympic champion in fencing, Nina Smoleeva, President of the Russian Sportsmen`s Union, the two times Olympic champion in volleyball, Ludmila Kondratyeva, Olympic champion in sprint, Aleksander Boloshev, Olympic champion in baskeball, Aleksey Prudnikov, Olympic champion in football, Svetlana Fedorova, the two times World Champion in table tennis.
The Games, which are a large-scale festivity of sports Vneshtorgbank personnel so anxiously wait for every year, were a grand spectacle full of fair and breath-taking competitions. But a major result of the Games was a further team building of Vneshtorgbank and increasing number of healthy life-style advocates among its personnel, which will undoubtedly lead to new professional achievements.