III World Nomad Games revive the historical and cultural heritage of nomadic people

The Issyk-Kul lakeshore has turned into the centre of attraction over the last few days. The Third World Nomad Games are held not just to demonstrate traditional sports, but also to revive the historical and cultural heritage of the nomadic people. For example, tourists learn about nomadic traditions and customs in the Kyrchyn ethnic village. According to the event organizers, this year’s sports event is on a larger scale compared to the previous competition. Meanwhile, athletes are competing for medals in 37 sports, including 16 Kyrgyz traditional sports and other nomad sports such as various types of horse races, archery, falconry, table games and 13 styles of wrestling. Kok Boru is one of the most spectacular events. It is a combination of polo and basketball.

ULAN NASSAKEYEV, MASTER OF SPORTS OF INTERNATIONAL CLASS IN KOK BORU:

 - We were preparing intensively for these games. Kazakhstan is our main competitor. Together with them, we are considered as the leaders of the tournament. Other teams also improved. The teams from the U.S. and China showed good results in the previous games. This time, they are also set to achieve better results. I heard that Kok Boru was listed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. I am pleased because more people will learn about the games of our ancestors.

CHAO ZHAN, HEAD OF SECRETARIAT, CHINESE DELEGATION:

 - We have chosen the strongest athletes of Inner Mongolia. They will compete with other participants in archery, horse riding and in all 13 styles of wrestling.

This year, approximately 3,000 sportsmen from more than 80 countries have gathered for the competitions. Kazakhstan heads the third World Nomad Games with a total of 19 medals, of which seven are gold medals. Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan takes the second place while Turkmenistan is ranked the third. The Nomads competition will last until September 8. ​