World Nomad Games
The idea of organizing World Nomad Games came to life at the Council of Heads of States (CHS) meeting of the Second Summit of the Turkic Council in Bishkek in 2012.
The idea of organizing World Nomad Games to rehabilitate national sport disciplines and reviving the spiritual consciousness and historical memory not only of the Turks, but also of all once-nomadic peoples of the world came to life at the Council of Heads of States (CHS) meeting of the Second Summit of the Turkic Council in Bishkek in 2012.
Based on the decisions of the CHS of the Turkic Council, the first and second World Nomad Games were organized in 2014 and 2016 in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. Turkic Council Secretariat and the relevant authorities of the Member States have formed the Organizing Committee of the Games. Several working group meetings were held with the support of the Secretariat to determine the Regulation and the types of the Games. The Regulation was adopted by the Ministers of Youth and Sport of the Turkic Council in their first meeting in Istanbul in 2016.
The First World Nomad Games, organized in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Turkic Council and the Kyrgyz Government in 2014, brought together more than 400 athletes from 19 countries gathered on the shores of prominent Lake Issyk-Kul. The Second Games were staged in 2016 attended by 62 countries and over 1400 athletes. Overall participants are estimated to have been over 20.000 including the spectators as well as high level state officials from all over the world. The Games that were staged in 23 different traditional disciplines were an incredible celebration of diversity and inter-cultural dialogue that highlighted the unique power of sport to bring different communities together under one banner. It also was very instrumental in introducing to the world the ancient culture and traditions of the Turkic Speaking peoples.
Third World Nomad Games were organized by the Kyrgyz Government in 2018 in Issyk-Kul. Around 2000 athletes from 82 countries competed in 37 sports branches.
Upon the decision of the Heads of States taken at the Sixth Summit of the Turkic Council convened in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan on 11 September 2018, the Fourth World Nomad Games will be organized in Turkey in 2020.