The Directorate for Sports and Social Projects is the official organizer of major national and international sporting and other events in the city of Kazan and Republic of Tatarstan.
On August 14, 2009, the Directorate commenced operations on the preparation for the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan.
The Kazan Universiade was recognized by the world’s sports community as the best in the history of the international university Games.
By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated March 24, 2014, the Russian National GTO Health and Fitness Program was revived. The Directorate was appointed the federal operator for implementing the GTO complex.
Thanks to its experience in hosting major sporting events, Kazan was granted the right to host the international fencing tournament. Competitions were held with three types of weapons: foil, épée, and sabre.
In the run-up to the 16th FINA World Championships 2015, the Directorate staged the first-ever High Diving World Cup.
The championships were recognized by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) as the best in the history of such tournaments.
The Directorate became a strategic partner of UNESCO in the implementation of the Kazan Action Plan unanimously adopted by representatives of participating countries.
The first Russian leg of the Red Bull Air Race series was held in the water area of the Kazanka River. The Directorate was also the organizer of the air show in the two following years.
FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy is a unique education platform where volunteers and members of national university sports federations share knowledge and experience in staging international sporting events. The forum is held annually.
Kazan was among the eleven Russian host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ matches. A unique entertainment area was erected next to the Kazan Family Center specially for fans who came to Kazan from all over the world.
In September 2018, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) signed an agreement on establishing a center in Kazan in order to implement various FINA scholarship and development programs.
The competition became Russia’s most large-scale international event in 2019.
The Directorate was selected as the operator of the celebrations dedicated to the memorable date.
The multisport festival, which was decided to make annual, was held in Russia’s largest URAM Extreme Park commissioned in the summer of 2020.
The Invitational Games were a test event in the lead-up to the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022.
The idea of staging the CIS Games was put forward by the Russian Federation. The proposal was supported during the meeting of the Council of CIS State Leaders in Dushanbe on September 28, 2018.
The Directorate acted as a chief coordinator of events aimed at preserving native languages, developing public education and strengthening ethnic and cultural affiliation.
The Games are aimed at developing aquatic sports and strengthening traditionally established friendly ties between the participating countries.
From September to December 2022, Kazan held a series of competitions in anticipation of an innovative and grandiose event known as Games of Future. These competitions included the following disciplines:
Phygital Football, Phygital Basketball, Beat Saber, Drone Race, Phygital Race, Phygital MMA and Phygital Hockey.
A declaration stating the participants’ resolve to form a fair, representative and geographically balanced UNESCO World Heritage List was formed following the results of the Forum.
In January 2023, Kazan played host to the first large-scale competitions of new format for people with intellectual disabilities. The Games featured events in both summer and winter sports.
Tatarstan has become the main platform for economic cooperation between the Russian Federation and the countries of the Islamic world.