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Sergey Panov: “the Minister of sports of Nizhny Novgorod region needs to know what the score was played by the penguins in the championship Antarctica”

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Soviet and Russian basketball player, former Minister of sports and youth policy of the Nizhny Novgorod region Sergei Panov told how the preparation for the 2018 world Cup.

— The most difficult period in the work of the regional Minister of sport? Preparations for the world Cup. It was intense and interesting. This work is not for the faint of heart. High responsibility, high demands. You should be able to answer any questions. Roughly speaking, if you’re the Minister of sports of Nizhny Novgorod region — must know what the score was played by the penguins in the championship Antarctica, — said Panov.

— Before the world Cup had plenty of time to interact with other departments (builders, road workers, transport workers, health workers). Processes they ran and was responsible for everything I do. If someone communication is not going well, suggested: “do you want a basketball player to speak, please call boxers”. Such jokes reinforce understanding.

— Problems with the turf at the training centre? There were some unpredictable leakages, breakages of a heating system. The grass stopped growing, we were on the verge of to immediately buy a new lawn, but the efforts of our agronomists everything happened on time. Then I with the great pleasure went to the matches. We are rooting for Uruguay, who lived on the base in the Nizhny Novgorod region built specifically for the 2018 world Cup. Alas, in the quarterfinals of the Uruguayans lost to future Champions.

Recall that during the 2018 world Cup stadium Nizhny Novgorod took four matches of the group round and two games of the playoffs of the tournament.

Panov was the head of the Ministry of sports of Nizhny Novgorod region from 2014 to 2019. Now he holds the post of General Manager of BC “Nizhny Novgorod”.

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