Nomad Games debut in Saudi Arabia with spectacular opening ceremony

Rashid Hassan
Sun, 2019-03-17 01:03

RIYADH: The Olympic Games may celebrate the world’s oldest
sporting tradition, but a relative newcomer, the Nomad Games,
offers a fascinating alternative to sports fans.
An exhibition of the games debuted as part of the Ar Rumahiyah King
Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on Friday night, with a spectacular
opening ceremony.
Teams from over 85 countries will compete in a wide range of
events, including horse riding, hunting, archery, wrestling and
traditional dance.
The games will take place over a 10-day-period at the Nomad
Village, a heritage site built especially for the event. There will
also be a marketplace offering traditional products from the
competing nations, from food and textiles to artworks and
handicrafts from 90 countries, as well as many other family-based
The festival site is divided into sections, including a commercial
area, a desert park, and a village center where all fun-filled
activities will take place.
Astor Echevoaria, a member of the Argentine delegation, said: “We
are glad to be the part of the maiden Nomad Games in Saudi Arabia,
and look forward to them flourishing in this part of the world.
It’s basically a platform to come together from different parts
of the globe, with a message of peace.”
Nomad Village will also host a movie venue, “Cinemastan,”
showing 90 short films shortlisted from 79 countries. The movies
will depict cultural legends and the stories of significant
historical figures, and run every day from 4 p.m. to 10
The first Nomad Games were held in 2014 in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan,
with 580 athletes from 19 countries competing in different sports,
and 1,200 people taking part in a cultural program, “Nomad
The games are dedicated to preserving traditional nomadic culture,
and have become Central Asia’s biggest sporting event. The
competition takes place biennially, with the next event to be held
in Turkey in 2020.
The village welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout
the festival, and entry is free.

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Nomad Games debut in Saudi Arabia with spectacular opening ceremony