The opening ceremony of the 5th Ethnosport Cultural Festival took place in Istanbul on June 9, Trend reports.
Azerbaijan was represented by a cavalry group of the State Border Service consisting of 60 people and a dance ensemble during the event organized with the participation of representatives of Turkey, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Japan , Paraguay, Morocco, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Gambia, Mexico and Libya.
Within the framework of the festival, a meeting took place between its organizer, the president of the World Ethnic Sports Confederation Bilal Erdogan and the president of the Equestrian Federation of Azerbaijan Elchin Guliyev. The Turkish side was thanked for the invitation to this festival and presented the work of the Karabakh family by the famous Azerbaijani sculptor Hamlet Musayev.
Erdogan highlighted the traditional participation of the Azerbaijani delegation, which presented an excellent performance at the festival.
He also pointed out that the Karabakh horses once again made a big impression on the audience.
During the meeting, the issue of holding the Festival of Ethnosport Culture in Azerbaijan in September this year was discussed.
A special show composition presented on the opening day of the festival by Azerbaijani participants on Karabakh horses, which are distinguished by their stunning beauty and are an important part of the ancient history and rich culture of Azerbaijan , was greeted by the audience with great admiration and thunderous applause.
The festival will feature competitions in 12 traditional sports, including archery, oil wrestling and horse racing.
More than one million people are expected to attend these four-day events.
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