Kazakhstan is bidding for the right to host the first UNESCO Olympic Games in traditional sports in 2021. A memorandum was signed in Astana between the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Association of National Sports and UNESCO. Other countries that are also bidding for the right to host the first Olympics in traditional sports include Turkey, Canada, South Korea and other Central Asian ocountries.


 - I think Kazakhstan already won because the maximum has been done for this meeting and those actions we have with the minister and the organization backing the minister. Kazakhstan beyond the other countries has shown interest in the past and this has been reaffirmed today and I think it’s time to work on what will be the agenda. We can have some positive outcomes.

Representatives of the UNESCO Committee have observed the development of the Kazakh traditional sports games. The experts visited two major sporting events held in Astana, particularly, the second Asian Tenge Ilu and the third Asian Audaryspak championships. The total prize fund of the competitions was estimated at 14 million Tenge. 54 sportsmen from nine different countries took part in the tournaments. Both championships were held as part of the 20th anniversary of Astana celebration.

Traditional sports games in Kazakhstan are actively developing today. 343,000 Kazakhs are professionally involved in ethno sport. The list of the UNESCO’s intangible heritage of 2016-2017 includes the Kazakh Kures and the national Asyk game.

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