The Sakhalin Oblast Traditional Sports Tournament for Children of Indigenous Minority People of the North

The town of Poronaisk hosted the Sakhalin Oblast Traditional Sports Tournament for Children of Indigenous Minority People of the North. Sixty-seven young athletes 10 to 17 years of age participated in a 3-day competition representing the seven districts traditionally native to indigenous people: Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsk, Okha, Nogliki, Poronaisk, Smirnykh, Tymovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.  

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The Sakhalin Oblast Traditional Sports Tournament for Children of Indigenous Minority People of the North
The competition program included traditional sports, such as sledge jump, running with a stick, axe throwing, archery, running with a weight and throwing a traditional lasso (tynzian) onto a wooden stick (khorey). The children also competed in the rope pulling and traditional wrestling. The Poronaisk team from the host city won the tournament, while the Okha team got the second place and the Nogliki team became the third. 

The event organizers are the Sakhalin Oblast Association of the Northern Multiathlon Regional Public Organization under support of the Sakhalin Oblast Sports Training Center, Ministry of Sports and Department of Indigenous Minority People of the North under the Sakhalin Oblast Government. 

Exxon Neftegas Limited, on behalf of the international Sakhalin-1 Consortium, sponsored the competition, and purchase of athletic equipment and competition awards under the Sakhalin Oblast Northern Multiahtlon grant project. 

“Each coming year this competition attracts many healthy lifestyle followers,” ENL P&GA specialist Evgeniya Kaybara says. “Interest to the traditional sports is growing. Among our Sakhalin youth are now many prominent athletes who made Sakhalin Oblast famous on the Russian national sports arena. They all started their way to success from this type of competitions. I have no doubt that today’s competition will help young talents start their athletic careers. Such competitions are a remarkable event in our Sakhalin life contributing to the revival of indigenous peoples’ traditions.