Astana Ski Festival Honours Kazakh Veterans, Constitution

More than 3,000 people gathered Feb. 28 in Astana for Burkasyn 2015, a skiing festival in honour of Kazakhstan, its veterans and its independent constitution.

Photo from astana.gov.kz

Photo from astana.gov.kz

“A sports competition was organised by the Department of Tourism, Physical Culture and Sports of Astana in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the World War II, the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate, the 20th anniversary of the ANC and the 20th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” according to a press release issued by the city administration.

The festival attracted children, university students, teachers, government employees, business people, public figures and tourists.

“It’s great what they organised, a skiing competition here on the [Yessil River]. I am pleased that it is traditionally held every year. This time the uniqueness is that competitions in various sports are held in one place,” said Member of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Abai Tasbulatov.

“Burkasyn 2015 is one of the best leisure activities for families and businesses. The traditional mass sports festival will be held for the 13th time this year,” read the press release.

“Our task is to popularise mass sports events so that our city becomes athletic, intellectual, developed in every way. I would like to thank all of our districts for organising a grand celebration in the city today,” said Berik Marzhikpayev, head of the Department of Tourism, Physical Culture and Sports.

“The programme of events includes races for men, women, teenage boys, girls, children, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Prizes and gifts await winners of the traditional ski competitions,” according to the press release.

“The Burkasyn 2015 Festival is a good thing. It is very educational for young people. I am more than 70yearsold, and today I take part in this festival. I want young people to participate in such competitions as we do so that they are really healthy and happy,” said festival participant Aisultan Zhakypbek.