Second World Nomad Games
September 6, 2016

The World Nomad Games, promoted with the motto "United in Force, United in Spirit," and designed to celebrate the nomadic heritage of the Central Asian nations, started with an opening ceremony on 3 September. The games are taking place for the second time in Kyrgyzstan, on the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake from 3 to 8 September. Around 2,000 athletes from 62 countries joined the program.

“In the modern world, people are forgetting their history, and there is a threat of extinction for traditional cultures. Nomadic civilization is an example of sustainable development, which is what all of humanity is looking for today” President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev said at the opening ceremony.

Promoting the revival of Ethnosports around the world, the program includes a variety of games in 23 categories like eagle hunting, bone throwing, kok-boru and mas-wrestling, and board games. Several hundred yurts are set to display nomadic traditions to visitors. There were also music performances and conference sessions on nomadic civilizations.

TurkPA Secretary General Jandos Asanov also attended the opening ceremony of the Second World Nomad Games and on its sidelines met with H.E. President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambaev and conversed with the Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic H.E. Chynybai Tursunbekov.