BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan is playing host to the 2nd Military Sports Games of friendly armies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose association of post-Soviet republics.
The opening ceremony of the Games took place in the town of Balykchy at Kyrgyzstan’s Lake Issyk-Kul on July 25, the press service of the General Staff of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces said.
The Games will last until August 2.
The Games are taking place at the Edelweiss training center of the General Staff of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces with the participation of more than 300 servicemen representing the Armed Forces of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. Uzbekistan is participating in the Games as an observer.
The program of the 2nd Military Sports Games includes competitions in army hand-to-hand fighting, kettlebell lifting, military all-around competition, shooting from regular and service weapons, and officer triathlon, Xinhua reports.
Opening the Games, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic Colonel Kubanychbek Orozmatov said that such events are a vivid example of friendship and mutual understanding, and contribute to the development and strengthening of military cooperation between the CIS member states.
The 1st Military Sports Games were held in Moscow, Russia in July 2015.