Sports fans in the city on the banks of the Volga were eagerly awaiting the opening of the roller ski slope at the Chaika sports complex near Samara. Experienced skiers have repeatedly said in their interviews that at the time when they competed, they were very jealous of the Togliatti athletes, who already had a similar place at their disposal for summer training.
At the end of last year, young Samara skiers received an expensive gift in every sense. The track was built within the framework of the national project “Demography” and the federal project “Sport is the norm of life”. According to information from public sources, the amount spent on the preparation of the facility amounted to about 500 million rubles.
Autonomous State Institution “Chaika School”
But in the midst of the festive celebrations, there were also those who immediately drew attention to the existing deficiencies on the route. In particular, experts noted the dangerous distance configuration and the lack of counter slopes in the right places. It was impossible not to notice the frankly poor quality of the asphalt. And for some reason crushed stone was placed along the edges of the route.
All of this would inevitably lead to numerous falls immediately after the track began to be used in real competition conditions. And from the first start it was shown that those who criticized the new facilities were right.
During the competition, rain fell on the track and it became simply dangerous to perform on it. The young skiers fell one after another, and in the same places that the experts had previously indicated. In total, fifteen teenagers were injured.
The prosecutor’s office of the Volzhsky district of the Samara region intervened in the case, establishing that in addition to the inadequate quality of the work performed, there were also deviations from the project presented to the authorities. The client and the contractor were obliged to eliminate the violations as soon as possible and adapt the installation to the criteria established in the plan.
However, the operation of the route continues to this day. In the group of the Children’s School of the State Autonomous Institution “Chaika” on the social network, the work schedule of the facility for September has been published, in which there are practically no free places. How is that? Races on roller skis carry more serious health risks than classes on classic skis: there is not snow under the participants’ feet, but asphalt.
At the same time, parents continue to send their children to train on the track, where an entire group of young athletes has already been injured. What has to happen for the facility to finally be closed and all deficiencies corrected? Considering how the situation is developing, we must find a solution now, before a situation much more tragic than bruises and bruised knees occurs in a picturesque corner of the Samara region.