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18 Feb 2015

CIS to host festival of national sports

MINSK, 18 February (BelTA) – The festival of national sports will take place in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The issue was on the agenda of the session of the working group on the development of national sports in the CIS member states on 18 February, BelTA has learned.

Last year the CIS Council of Heads of Government approved that program of support and development of national sports for the period till 2020 and an action plan regarding the implementation of this program for the period of three years. The festival of national sports has been instituted by the resolution of the Council for Physical Education and Sport. At the session held in Minsk on 18-19 February the working group is deliberating and harmonizing the draft provision on this event.

The festival will be aimed at enhancing traditionally friendly ties between the member states of the Commonwealth, preserving national sports and games as historical legacy, promoting and developing these sports at the international level. It should create conditions for the development and revival of national sports and help include these sports in the international competition practice.

In particular, there are plans to work out a joint plan of mass events, select 4-5 sports which will be promoted in the entire CIS. Apart from that, every member state will have an opportunity to show national sports.

The festival is expected to include not only competitions and games, but also exhibitions, conferences, and gala performances. The organizers believe that the festival will help promote a healthy lifestyle in the society.

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