The first mini-football championship among the indigenous peoples of the Yamalo Nenets autonomoua area was held in Salekhard from August 13 to 15. Seven teams took part in the championship: two from Salekhard, one each from Panayevsk, Kharsaim, Yar-Sale, Katravozh, and Aksarka. The games were held on the open area.
By the results of the tournament the first place was taken by the team from Katravozh, the second – by the team from Yar-Sale, the third – by the team from Aksarka.
The tournament is timed to the Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which is annually celebrated on August 9. The competition was organized by the Yamal Union of Reindeer Herders and the Arctic Development Project Office with the support of the Mini Football Association of Russia.
Timur Akchurin, Executive Director of the Union of Yamal Reindeer-breeders, said that the teams actively responded to the invitation to take part in the competition. This shows the popularity of mini-football in the region, Akchurin is sure. “The project is aimed at further popularization of this sport. It’s especially important for small villages and settlements of the YNAO. We hope that the tournament will become an annual event. In the future, we plan to hold this tournament among reindeer herders living in the Arctic zone of the country, and in the future among reindeer herders of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation,” said Timur Akchurin.
President of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Sergey Kharyuchi reminded about national sports traditions of the region – traditional northern multiathlon. “Now new conditions for the sports development of our youth are also being created. Mini-football is a vivid example of that. Of course, in the tournament one team will take first place, but in fact all participants of the sports holiday will be winners”.
Emil Aliev, president of the Futsal Association of Russia, underlined that the tournament helps “to draw public attention to the life and traditions of indigenous peoples of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, and popularize sports and healthy lifestyles among the population.
Pavel Sukhov, deputy general director of the Arctic Development Project Office, noted the important social role of sports. “The tournament is a common cause for the teams, it is an additional opportunity for people to communicate. Sport is a unifying beginning. In communication ideas are born, and ideas determine the development,” – believes Sukhov.
From the Russian sources of the “Arctic Partnerships”.