Uralsk hosted a national sports competition, which was called as the ‘National Treasure’ - Kazakh TV

Uralsk hosted a national sports competition, which was called as the ‘National Treasure.’ The event was dedicated to the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program.

The main goal of the event is to popularize national sports among the young generation. Horse games are popular among Kazakhs. The games are played by the most cunning and strong men. The holiday proved that the traditional sports of ancestors are not forgotten. 

ZHEKSEN ZHUMAGALIYEV, CONTESTANT:

 - Victory is not the most important thing. We lead by example to the younger generation. We want them to get results. I think that tournaments should be organized more regularly.

As part of the event, youngsters took part in national sports such as ‘kazaksha kures’and 'togyzkumalak,’ to name a few. Master classes on horseback riding and ‘kamshy’ weaving were also organized.

AYAN SAKOSHEV, SPOKESPERSON, MAYOR’S OFFICE OF WEST KAZAKHSTAN REGION:

This event is organized not only to host national games, but to spark interest among young people. They wear national clothes and learn more about Kazakh traditions.

ABAT KYDYRSHAYEV, PHD IN PEDAGOGY:

 - This event is a perfect example of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program in practice. I think that this is a good opportunity for our youngsters to learn the unique and diverse heritage of our ancestors.

According to the organizers, the event was educational and fun. The young generation plans to include the traditional sports games in all festivities in the region.

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