The World Nomad Games, which has been going on for 4 days in Iznik, ended with the award and closing ceremony held after the traditional sports competitions. After the breathtaking competitions, Turkey came first with 23 medals, while Kyrgyzstan came second with 11 medals.
The 4th World Nomad Games held in Bursa's Iznik district were held with the participation of over 102 athletes from 3 countries. On the day of traditional sports, Kökpar-kökbörü, Kazakh Wrestling, Tatar Wrestling, Pehlivan Wrestling and Grand Wrestling competitions were held. The event area, visited by hundreds of thousands of local and foreign participants, was again overflowing.
A ceremony was held for the sponsors on the last day of the organization, which started on September 29 and was organized with the participation of more than 13 thousand athletes from 102 countries in 3 branches. The ceremony was attended by Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, World Ethnosport Confederation President Bilal Erdoğan, 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 Municipality 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.
At the closing ceremony, Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu presented a tile pitcher containing water to Kazakhstan Culture and Sports Minister Dauren Abayev, who will organize the next games.
“THE GAMES ARE WINNING BROTHERHOOD”
In his speech at the closing ceremony, Minister of Youth and Sports Kasapoğlu said, “We hosted a host where sports, art, culture and gastronomy came together and nomadic cultures were closely known. We witnessed the skills of 102 athletes from 3 countries in competitions. We watched medal struggles in 200 different traditional branches and 14 categories. Apart from these, show competitions in different branches were also included in the game program. We have organized an unforgettable event for millions of sports lovers who share this excitement both in the competition areas and on their screens. We brought together the member countries of the Organization of Turkish States and countries with nomadic cultures from different geographies in the universal and encompassing language of sports. Together we saw that the winner of these games is brotherhood, the winner of these games is love, the winner of these games is respect, unity and togetherness. None of our athletes deviated a millimeter from this slogan. You have put forth the Turkish world and nomadic culture in the most powerful way within the framework of a beautiful solidarity. I would like to express my gratitude to our President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for the support and motivation he has always provided us in conducting the 84th World Nomad Games with great success. To Baghdad Amreyev, Secretary General of the Organization of Turkish States, for their cooperation and support, and to Bilal Erdoğan, President of the World Ethnosports Confederation, for all their efforts and devotion to host our country, to all stakeholders, especially to our family of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, to my dear colleagues, to our Bursa Governor's Office. I would like to express my gratitude to our Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, Iznik District Governorate, Iznik Municipality and all our ministers and cabinet who have contributed strongly to this beautiful organization in this sense. We took over this relic from Kyrgyzstan, they brought this relic here. We will transfer this trust to Kazakhstan. I congratulate them and wish them success,” he said.
Minister Kasapoğlu also wished the new title of Istanbul, which was selected as the Youth Capital of the Turkic World in 2023, to be beneficial.
PEACE AND BROTHERHOOD MESSAGE
Bilal Erdoğan, President of the World Ethnosports Confederation, also said in his speech, “In Iznik, over 102 thousand athletes from 3 countries competed in more than 40 traditional sports branches, put on a show, and had the opportunity to promote their own culture. In addition to traditional sports and games, traditional handicrafts, world cuisines, traditional folk dances, stage shows met our local and foreign guests in a very colorful way. Our aim with these games is no longer to bless the marginally dwindling nomadism. However, the amateur spirit embodied in the nomadic culture is to live in peace with the world, not only with the environment, but also with animals, giving more value to life and animals. A relationship with a world that seeks peace by choosing to move instead of conflict when faced with conflict. In such a period when wars and conflicts are talked about and the world is facing environmental crises, we think that the settled world needs a peaceful and peaceful climate of the nomadic spirit. At the core of the message of peace we give on the occasion of the World Nomad Games lies the climate of this nomadic culture to live in peace with the world and its neighbors. I hope that we have been able to convey this message of peace and unity to the whole world in the strongest way possible.
Expressing that the 5th World Nomad Games will be held in Kazakhstan in 2024, Erdoğan said, “Just as Kyrgyzstan successfully performed these games before us, and we successfully held it this year, our Kazakh friends and brothers in Kazakhstan have raised the bar even higher and brought the world to the world. It will give a powerful message of peace.” made its assessment.
“ONE MILLION PEOPLE FLOUD”
World Nomad Games Organizing Committee and Turkish Traditional Sports Federation President Hakan Kazancı said, “When we look at the numbers, we were flooded with nearly one million visitors.”
Answering the question of where the next World Nomad Games will be held, Kazancı said, “A meeting was held in Bursa yesterday at the Ministry of the Turkish States Organization. The decision was taken there, the 5th World Nomad Games will take place in Kazakhstan,” he said.
“AT EVERY POINT PEOPLE WERE VERY HAPPY”
Hadi Turus, Deputy Chairman of the 4th World Nomad Games Committee, said, “We did not just stay with the Nomad Games. At the same time, we enabled our guests who come here to experience the games made here. Wherever we went, people were happy. As Iznik, we are proud as Turkey. These games also enriched Turkey's economy, culture, social and cultural sphere.
AFTER BREATHTAKING COMPETITIONS, WINNERS ANNOUNCED
On the 4th day, the last day of the World Nomad Games, the finals of the traditional sports competitions were breathtaking. Kazakhstan defeated Kyrgyzstan 13-102 in the root ball game played on the last day of the 3th World Nomad Games, where more than 4 thousand athletes from 4 countries participated in 3 branches.
TURKISH ATHLETES COLLECT 23 MEDALS
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.