News ID: 128344
Publish Date : 14 June 2024 - 22:19

BRICS Sports Games Kick Off in Russia

MOSCOW (Xinhua) - Thousands of athletes will be vying for medals in the Russian city of Kazan at the sixth BRICS Sports Games, an international competition that kicked off amid Russia’s exclusion from some sports events.
“The role of BRICS in global affairs grows rapidly,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin in a video address at the opening ceremony of the Games.
“The Sports Games under the aegis of our organization are part of the comprehensive political, economic and humanitarian cooperation.”
Since the launch of the special military operation in Ukraine, Russia has been frozen out of some prominent international competitions and sports associations. Some Russian passport holders will be allowed to compete as neutral athletes in the Paris Olympics that begin on July 26, but their results will not be credited to Russia.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said earlier that Russia has always adhered to the principle that sport is beyond politics, “but we are constantly drawn into the politics, because they understand the importance of sport in the lives of our Russian people”.
Putin expressed his certainty that the popularity and attractiveness of the Games as a competition free from political interference and pressure, which truly unites athletes from all over the world, will also grow.
“Especially considering that this is the first time the BRICS Games take place in an open format, which means that the games will become yet another symbol of the expanding intercultural dialogue, a significant contribution to the strengthening of the friendship between nations and a fruitful cooperation between states in the interest of the people and universal development,” Putin said.
Athletes from nearly 100 countries will be participating in the Games, Russian Sports Minister Mikhail Degtyarev said. This year’s games will be held from June 12 to 23.