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The BRICS 2024 Sports Games have started in Kazan

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The BRICS Games are being held in Kazan from June 12 to 24. About five thousand athletes will take part in the competition, who will compete for 387 sets of medals.

At the opening ceremony, the head of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, said that the BRICS Games will serve to strengthen cooperation between countries and peoples.
“The representative participation of a large number of foreign sports teams is a vivid and convincing evidence that sport has no borders. Sport is outside politics. Undoubtedly, the Brics Games will serve to strengthen friendship and cooperation between our countries. I am sure that the games will be held in an atmosphere of friendship, peace and harmony,” Minnikhanov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the participants of the competition via video link and declared the BRICS Games open.
“Sports games under the auspices of our organization are an important part of comprehensive political, economic and humanitarian cooperation. The role of BRICS in world affairs is growing rapidly. And therefore, I am sure that the popularity and attractiveness of the Games will also grow as competitions free from political interference and pressure, truly uniting athletes from all over the world,” Putin said.
This is not the first time that the current competitions have been held, but since 2016. India was the first to receive them, and China a year later. Then there was a break due to the pandemic, and in 2023 the Games were held in South Africa.
4,000 athletes from 97 countries came to the sports competitions. Among them are Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, South Ossetia and even Lithuania.
There will also be new sports at the new tournament, including football and basketball doubles, breaking, koresh wrestling and belt wrestling, as well as acrobatic rock and roll.
The main goal of the tournament is to strengthen ties between countries based on the principles of equality, non–discrimination and equal admission of athletes to competitions.

source:  https://md.sputniknews.ru/20240613/v-kazani-startovali-sportivnye-igry-stran-briks-2024-60812775.html

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