Cel­e­bra­tion of tra­di­tional sports at Third Eth­nosports Fes­ti­val

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

IS­TAN­BUL will host the third edi­tion of the Eth­nosports Cul­ture Fes­ti­val on May 9-13, a cel­e­bra­tion of tra­di­tional an­cient sports.

A con­cept de­vised by the World Eth­nosports Con­fed­er­a­tion, the fes­ti­val mainly fo­cuses on cul­ture and sports of Tur­kic coun­tries in Cen­tral Asia that boast sports trac­ing their roots back thou­sands of years.

Bi­lal Er­doğan, head of the con­fed­er­a­tion, pro­moted the event at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day. “We want do­mes­tic, na­tional sports of other coun­tries, tra­di­tions of those coun­tries to be­come more pop­u­lar. One cul­ture can­not be supreme to an­other and we have to give the value each cul­ture de­serves,” he said.

The fes­ti­val, which will be held at a square in Is­tan­bul’s Yenikapı, will host 883 ath­letes from around the world who will com­pete in 11 sport events. It will also host horse­back ac­robacy stunts. On the cul­tural side of the event, the fes­ti­val will be home to stalls in the form of large Tur­kic yurts, each hous­ing sam­ples from cui­sine and hand­i­crafts of coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event, as well as re-en­act­ment of cus­toms and cel­e­bra­tions pe­cu­liar to each coun­try. Fea­tured events in­clude mounted archery, horse­back rid­ing, oil wrestling, other tra­di­tional Tur­kic and Cen­tral Asian sports and folk mu­sic con­certs.

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