More than 3,000 people from Russia and around the world will participate in the forum, including senior officials of federal and regional bodies, leaders of world sports, members of the Olympic movement and international sports organisations.
During the forum, Vladimir Putin will also meet with winners of the 2017 and 2018 world championships and holders of gold badges of the Ready for Labour and Defence national health and fitness programme. He will also attend a training session for volunteers of the 29th Winter Universiade, which will take place in Krasnoyarsk on March 2−12, 2019.
The Russia – Country of Sports Forum was established by Presidential Executive Order on July 27, 2009 for the development of physical fitness and sports, promotion of healthy lifestyle and strengthening of international sports links.
The first forum took place on October 22−25, 2009 in Kazan. In the subsequent years, the forum was hosted by Moscow (2010), Saransk (2011), Yakutsk (2012), Cheboksary (2014) and the Dobrograd sports resort in the Vladimir Region (2016).