The First World Nomad Games will kick off Sept. 9 at the Cholpon-Ata hippodrome on the Issyk Kul lake shorein Kyrgyzstan.
Teams from 12 countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as Lithuania, Turkey and Brazil are expected to compete in various nomadic types of sport, such as kok bory, kyresh, alysh, toguz korgool, er enish, kunan chabysh, alaman baige, zhorgo salysh and ordo. It is expected that about 20 million spectators will follow the games on television and online.
The World Nomadic Games is a cultural event aimed at the development of national sports, healthy lifestyles and local tourism. The opening and closing ceremonies will be performed in 3D format. According to Darika Asylbasheva, head of Asylbashev Creative, which is producing the ceremonies, a teaser trailer highlighting the games has already been released. All shooting on the trailer was done in Bishkek and directed by Eric Ibrayev.
“This is a unique event for Kyrgyzstan, so we are doing our best to make this event unforgettable. We have also brought in foreign specialists to help us with technical equipment. Huge TV-screens, each 50 metres in length and 15 metres high, will be incorporated along the hippodrome,” said Asylbasheva.
Asylbasheva added that the video clip to be shown during the Sept. 14 closing will be similar to the opening trailer in that it will present the life of nomads in the past, but will also show the future of the nomadic lifestyle and how nomads have developed throughout time.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated participants and organisers of the First Nomad Games and wished them luck in the upcoming events. Nazarbayev also said the event will unite national sports and preserve the ancient values of nomads.