4th World Nomad Games Held With Great Enthusiasm

World Nomad Games were Held with Great Enthusiasm
4th World Nomad Games Held With Great Enthusiasm

The 29th World Nomad Games, held in Iznik between September 2 and October 2022, 4, hosted more than 102 athletes from 3000 countries. In the organization, which started with the participation of President Erdoğan, more than 13 traditional sports events were held, 30 of which were competitions and nearly 40 were demonstrations.

“We are One from Tradition to the Future!” Cultural, artistic, traditional sports, gastronomy, handicrafts and children's games met with the guests for 500 days. Nearly 4 million local and foreign visitors followed the events.

The 4th World Nomad Games was held this year in Iznik, Bursa between 29 September – 02 October 2022. The organization, which was opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, hosted approximately 4 million domestic and foreign guests in 1 days.

The World Nomad Games, the first of which was held in 2014 in Kyrgyzstan in order to preserve the nomadic cultural lifestyle and to keep the ancestral sports alive, was held in Turkey this year after being held in this country three times. The 19th World Nomad Games, postponed for 2 years due to the Kovid-4 epidemic, started with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and heads of state and government. The 4th World Nomad Games has the distinction of being the only and first in the world in traditional sports branches, which includes many activities from sports to art, from gastronomy to experiencing traditional sports.


4th World Nomad Games; It aims to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of peoples from all over the world, to strengthen intercultural communication, friendship and harmony. In the games that started after the preparatory work carried out with a very intense and extraordinary effort, different activities were held from horse games to national wrestling, from archery to gastronomy, from traditional arts to performing arts, from children's playgrounds to ethno market. The event, attended by more than 102 athletes from 3000 countries, also contributed to the strengthening of Turkey's cultural diplomacy, better recognition of Bursa and Iznik, and the recognition it deserves around the world.


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Kyrgyzstan President Sadır Caparov, TRNC President Ersin Tatar and Kazakhstan Parliament Speaker Yerlan Koşanov, Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, World Ethnosport Confederation President Bilal Erdoğan, 4th World Nomad Games at the opening ceremony of the 4th World Nomad Games Organizing Committee Chairman Hakan Kazancı, 4th World Nomad Games Organizing Committee Deputy Chairman Abdülhadi Turus and many local and foreign executives attended. Speaking at the event, which was followed by more than 500 journalists from Turkey and abroad, President Erdoğan said, “4. I think that the positive energy that has developed among the participants due to the World Nomad Games will open a new door to cultural diplomacy for all of us.”

Headlines from Erdogan's statements are as follows:

“I send my greetings from Iznik, the blue pearl of our country, to all my brothers and sisters who set their hearts on sports, art and culture and our common future. The first of the Nomad Games was held in Kyrgyzstan in 2014. The next two games were hosted by Kyrgyzstan in 2016 and 2018. We are in Iznik for the 2th of the games held every 4 years. It would be held in 2020. We had to postpone it due to the Covid -19 epidemic, which also affected our country. Human societies have sought new life by leaving their place for thousands of years. There are also communities that maintain their lives by constantly changing them or changing them according to the seasons. They influenced each other on these journeys. Today, migration is still the carrier of culture and human relations.”


President Erdoğan continued his speech as follows: “We cannot consent to the disappearance of the culture that left its mark on thousands of years of humanity. We see benefits in keeping the nomadic culture alive. As the guarantee of our independence, we refer to the smoking nomad tent in the Taurus Mountains. I congratulate the organizers of the games that will bring many experiences to our young people and guests. I wish the participants success. I also thank our friends. I believe that these games, which are based on peace and cooperation, are a free cooperation platform in this period when our region is scorched by crises. I think that the relations we have established with the countries participating in the Games will open a new door for cultural diplomacy. The participation of more than 102 thousand athletes from 3 countries gives us hope. In the gastronomy programs, the culinary tastes of 20 different countries will meet with the participants.”

After President Erdoğan's speech, citizens watched the spectacular visual show and fireworks displays of athletes and traditional dancers from participating countries.


In the following days, the citizens had different experiences in the field of culture and art in the handicraft workshops, local promotion tents and applied workshops in the area prepared for the games. The guests, who experienced universal tastes in the gastronomy section, had the opportunity to shop at the Iznik Villager's Market as well as local treats. Guests and children who came to the area had fun in the fields of horseback riding, archery, traditional children's games, children's art workshops, scouting and hippotherapy (Equestrian therapy). In particular, the children had a lot of fun in the activities, from archery to horseback riding, from minstrel games to Anatolian Tales. While Anatolian Tales were told to the children in the Children's Obasi, on the other hand, the opportunity to ride horses was offered. They learned how to shoot arrows in the field, which was specially prepared for children.

During the events, visitors enjoyed the concerts of famous artists such as Kıraç, Mustafa Ceceli and Arslanbek Sultanbekov.


The World Nomad Games area, where Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu and World Ethnosport Confederation President Necmettin Bilal Erdoğan supervised, was also visited by Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop. President of the Assembly Şentop, who took care of the local and foreign guests one by one and then toured the area, received information about the area from Bilal Erdoğan, President of the World Ethnosports Confederation, and Hakan Kazancı, Head of the World Nomad Games Committee, and the delegation. Şentop also visited the stands, which were the scene of colorful images and showed great interest of the participants, one by one.


On the last day of the 4th World Nomad Games, a ceremony was held for the sponsors. Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu and World Ethnosport Confederation President Bilal Erdoğan, as well as Kyrgyzstan Minister of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy Azamat Zhamankulov, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Hamza Yerlikaya, Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat, Parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission. President and AK Party Deputy Hakan Çavuşoğlu, Bursa Metropolitan Mayor Alinur Aktaş, World Nomad Games Organizing Committee and Turkish Traditional Sports Federation President Hakan Kazancı, World Nomad Games Preparatory Committee Deputy Chairman Abdulhadi Turus and athletes.


In his speech at the ceremony, Minister of Youth and Sports Kasapoğlu stated that they carried the Nomadic Games to a different point this year and congratulated those who contributed to the organization.

Thanking the audience, Kasapoğlu said:

“This was the beginning of the traditional games that will carry this special relic to the future with a stronger momentum from now on, and as a country, we have moved this bar to a very different point in the history of the Nomad Games. Of course, the interest of our people and our nation in moving this bar to this point was different, but the contribution and self-sacrifice of our stakeholders that you have seen here have written a completely different history. I congratulate each and every one of them. I specifically state that we will continue from tradition to the future as 'one' in traditional branches, just like in other branches, in a stronger way from now on. The winner of these games is brotherhood, love, respect, unity and togetherness.


Bilal Erdoğan, President of the World Ethnosports Confederation, also thanked those who supported the organization. Stating that Bursa Metropolitan and Iznik municipalities and public institutions and organizations contributed to the organization of the organization, Bilal Erdoğan said, “There is no sponsor support behind traditional sports, behind other traditional sports industry. That's why I would like to give a round of applause for these institutions, which are pioneers in supporting our traditional sports and games and our own culture, which are so popular with our people. On the occasion of the Games, we sent a message of peace and unity from Bursa to the whole world.”


After the speeches, a handover ceremony was held for Kazakhstan, which will organize the 5th World Nomad Games. Youth and Sports Minister Kasapoğlu presented a tiled ewer containing water to Kazakhstan Culture and Sports Minister Dauren Abayev, who will organize the next games. The ewer given by Minister Kasapoğlu was brought to the stage by the baby wolf “Ötüken”, the mascot of the plays.


At the World Nomad Games, Turkey came first with 23 medals, while Kyrgyzstan came second with 11 medals. Iranian athletes were third with 5 medals, followed by Uzbekistan and Mongolia with 3 medals each. Athletes from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan won 4 medals each, while athletes from Turkmenistan, Gagauzia, Georgia, Moldova, Canada, Hungary and Slovakia won 3 medal each.

After the competitions, the first places achieved by the athletes are as follows:

– Overlapping Aba Wrestling

  • 65 kilos: İbrahim Kar,
  • 70 kilos: Nikov Tchikadze (Georgia)
  • 75 kilos: Burak Sonmez
  • 80 kilos: Gerogo Robu (Moldova)
  • 90 kilos: Muharrem Aslan
  • 90+ kilos: Barış Güngör

– Challenge Aba Wrestling

  • 65 kilos: Fatih Önalan
  • 70 kg: Sabriyan Kazakbaev (Uzbekistan)
  • 75 kilos: Manas Usanov (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 80 kilos: Hasan Kaya
  • 90 kilos: Ivan Khizli (Gagauzia)
  • 90+ kilos: Aslan Arkatoğlu (Azerbaijan)

– Shalwar wrestling

  • 65 kilos: Hamza Alaca
  • 70 kilos: Haydar Yavuz
  • 75 kilos: Selahattin Kılıçsallayan
  • 80 kilos: Musa Gurbuz
  • 90 kilos: Osman Gocen
  • 90+ kilos: Riza Yildirim

– Wrestler

  • 70 kilos: Abulfaz Nasirov (Azerbaijan)
  • 80 kilos: Hamed Elahiyan (Iran)
  • 90+ kilos: Amir Mohammadi (Iran)

– Kurash

  • Female 63 kg: Pardeyeva Kamila (Turkmenistan)
  • Woman 78 kg: Ece Zurnacı
  • Female 78+ kg: Rakiyeva Yuldosova (Uzbekistan)
  • Male 81kg: Mohammed Mohammedi (Iran)
  • Men's 90 kg: Erkin Kozotov (Uzbekistan)
  • Male 90+ kilos: Javad Merodi (Iran)

– Horse archery

  • Table Track: Abdullah İdris
  • Tower Track: Battulga Otgon Ulzil (Mongolia)
  • Pumpkin Track: Ahmet Sağbilge
  • General Classification: Ahmet Sağbilge

– Traditional Archery

  • Target archery male: Oğuz Okçu
  • Target archery woman: Bayarmaa Seree (Mongolia)
  • Range archery male: İbrahim Balaban
  • Range archery woman: Sebnem Saliha Çakıroğlu
  • Organic Bow Range Archery: Adam Karpowicz (Canada)

– Mas Wrestling

  • Men's 70kg: Asanov Azamat (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Men's 80kg: Tashtanbekov Azat (Hungary)
  • Male 110 kg: Ataibek Uulu Keldibek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Men's 116 kg: Ghitasi Reza (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Female 75 kg: Imankanova Dilbara Aida (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Women 75+ kg: Vaskova Jana (Slovakia)

– Kazakh Wrestling

  • Women's 55 kg: Gambolt Gantsetbek (Mongolia)
  • Women's 65 kg: Saripova Zarina (Kazakhstan)
  • Female 65+ kg: Yuldosova Rakima (Uzbekistan)
  • Men's 60kg: Nikmetullayev Marat (Kazakhstan)
  • Male 80 kg: Hasanov Emil (Azerbaijan)
  • Male 100+ kilos: Byeredmurad Syerik (Mongolia)

– Buy Wrestling

  • Free men's 60kg: Kaimov Kolysbek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Free woman 55 kg: Monuazhenova Elzada (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Free woman 75+ kg: Sarbosova Megira (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Classic male 60 kg: Saparov Roman (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Classic male 80 kg: Kudaiberdiyev Esenbek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Classic men's 90 kg: Kamalov Oibek (Kyrgyzstan)

– Kokpar

  • Kazakhstan National Team

– Oil Wrestling

  • Chief wrestler: İsmail Balaban
  • Basalt: Emirhan Ergin
  • Buyukorta: Alparslan Termen
  • Small to medium size: Emre Ayyıldız

– Big Wrestling

  • Amin Mohammedi (Iran)

The 29th World Nomad Games, which started with a magnificent opening on September 4, ended with the closing program held on October 2, following the completion of breathtaking competitions.

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