The ceremony took place today at hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata town, which gathered nearly 10,000 people. Among them are not only the participants, athletes, journalists, representatives of all branches of the Kyrgyz authorities, but also the VIP guests - President of Tatarstan, Bashkiria and other countries.
This is the second Games, which is traditionally held in Issyk-Kul region. The first took place in 2014.
This time, WNG (known in the world as the World Nomad Games) gathered about a thousand athletes from more than 50 countries, while the first were attended by about 800 people from 19 countries.
The program of the Games, called the analogue of the Olympic Games, includes competitions in the ethnic sports of the nomadic peoples. This year, their number increased from 10 to 23 kinds.
In addition to the main events, there are held: mass cultural programs in Kyrchyn gorge, Sand Sculpture Festival and the World Nomad Fest 2016, scientific conference "The civilization of the nomads: historical heritage and modernity."
Before the Games, as well as in 2014, a hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata town has been reconstructed. But if at that time it cost about 78 million soms, now there were spent nearly 1.5 billion. All funds were provided by foreign states in the form of a grant.
Nearly 500 representatives of local and international media, in particular, from Australia, Britain, Germany, Malaysia, the US, South Korea and other countries will cover the WNG 2016.
The Games will last until September 8.