Traditional Sports Festival was held in Bishkek

The Traditional Sports Festival was held in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. Participants of various ages were competing not only physically, but also intellectually. For instance, the fourth grade school student Dilnoza Nurmatova participated in the table logic game, Toguz Korgool which translates as ‘nine peas.’ The girl noted that the game develops mathematical thinking and helps in learning.   

DILNOZA NURMATOVA, KYRGYZ PARTICIPANT:

- I like this game because it is exciting. It is my second championship. This game develops thinking and stimulates brain activity.

The Mancala family games develop mental arithmetic skills. They are also called the shepherds’ algebra. At the festival, the children competed in the Turkish and even African versions of the game.   

KAMCHYBEK KASSYMOV, PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL MANCALA GAMES FEDERATION, KYRGYZSTAN:

- In ancient times people played the games using special wild nuts with rough surface. The tactile memory is developed easily. The game also helps develop the visual and auditory memory. Our ancestors used games to educate and teach children.

Asyk is another ancient game of the Kyrgyz nomads. The game’s objective is to knock out as many bones as possible from a row without disturbing other bones.

Meanwhile, the adult participants competed in wrestling and demonstrated their skills in a new sport in Kyrgyzstan, mas wrestling.

The traditional sports festival is held as a practice before the World Nomad Games, which will be held on the shore of Issyk-Kul in September. The organizers promise a spectacular event. Athletes from 80 countries are expected to visit Kyrgyzstan.