June 18, 2019: the final stage of the 6th Summer Spartakiad of the Don was held in the city of Taganrog on June 15-16, 2019. The tournament brought together athletes from 12 cities and 30 districts of Rostov Oblast. The early stages of these mass multi-event competitions were held in the cities of Volgodonsk and Rostov-on-Don.
The Don Spartakiad has been held since 2014 on Rostov Oblast Governor Vasily Golubev's initiative. There has been a significant rise in the number of sports and people taking part in competitions: 24000 people in 14 sports in 2014, 68 thousand athletes in 2018, and more than 70000 athletes in 19 sports just in the early stages of the 2019 Don Spartakiad.
The solemn opening of the final stage took place on June 15, 2019 at Taganrog's Torpedo Stadium. The regional minister for sport Samvel Arakelyan declared the 2019 Spartakiad open: "Taganrog is a major habitat for sports! The city earned the right to host the biggest mass participation event of Rostov Oblast! Thus we are paying tribute to Taganrog athletes and to the city that has always been known for sporting achievements - both in high-performance and popular sports".
Taganrog City Manager Andrei Lisitsky congratulated the athletes and people gathered at Torpedo Stadium: "I am happy to welcome all participants and guests! It is fair for Taganrog to host the final stage of the Don Spartakiad! Firstly, last year the team of Taganrog won 74 Spartakiad medals. Secondly, people of Taganrog love sports - 85000 residents practice sports and lead an active life. I wish you all positive emotions and good impressions, and more medals to Team Taganrog!"