The World Nomad Games are the biggest international project held in the Kyrgyz Republic, a project initiated by the government in 2012 for the revival and preservation of the culture of nomadic civilizations.
The author and head of the project “World Nomad Games” is Akibaev Askhat Akibaevich.
The World Nomad Games are held every two years. The host country is determined by the decision of the Council of Heads of States (CHS) of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS).
Upon the decision of the CHS of the OTS at the 6th Summit of the OTS convened in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, the Fourth World Nomad Games is organized in Türkiye from September 29th to October 2nd in İznik, Bursa.
Secretariat work of the Organizing Committee is conducted by the Turkish Traditional Sports Federation in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Türkiye, the Secretariat of the OTS, the World Ethnosport Confederation, and other relevant institutions.
The First World Nomad Games were held from September 9th to 14th, 2014, in Cholpon-Ata, in the Issyk-Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan. 583 athletes from 19 countries participated in competitions held in 10 types of sports, plus an additional 1,200 participants in the cultural program. The television broadcast of the Games reached 230 million people.
The Second World Nomad Games were held from September 3rd to 8th, 2016, in Cholpon-Ata, in the Issyk-Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan. 1,200 athletes from 62 countries participated in competitions in 26 types of ethnosports, which were broadcast to 500 million people.
The opening ceremony of the Third World Nomad Games was held on September 2nd, 2018, in Cholpon-Ata, in the Issyk-Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan. The competitions themselves were held in five locations.
3,000 athletes from 77 countries participated in competitions in 37 types of ethnosports.
The World Nomad Games are aimed at developing the ethnosport and ethnoculture movement in the world, as this is the heritage of human civilization.
The mission of the World Nomad Games covers the revival, development, and preservation of the ethnoculture, diversity, and originality of the people of the world in order to foster a more tolerant and open relationship between people.
Special attention at the World Nomad Games is paid to ecology. The official mascot of the World Nomad Games is the snow leopard. The organizers of the Games hope to bring extra attention to the plight of the snow leopard and to save the habitat of this unique animal.