Close to 900 delegates are taking part in the games and sport festivals in 11 different cultural sports which are recognized as competition sports having a clearly stated rules.

By Yared Gebremeden |

The 14th Ethiopian Cultural Sport Games and the 10th Sport Festival has commenced since last Saturday and colorful moments of cultural exchange and fair play are going well in Debre Tabor town, South Gondar Zone of Amhara Regional State.

Close to 900 delegates are taking part in the games and festivals in 11 different cultural sports which are recognized as competition sports having a clearly stated rules.

Spectators are enjoying with the games and festivals at Ajbar Stadium with Gena, Wrestling (culturally termed as Gibgib or Tigil), Korbo/Gengu Koresh/, The 12 and 18 holed Cultural Games of Gebeta /Kinkibosh/, Shah, Bub cultural game, Feres shert/ a game that looks similar with Horse riding/, Feres Gugs, Hurbe, kset /arrow/ cultural games.

The Ministry of Youth and Sport, the National Cultural Center of Ethiopian and the Ethiopian Cultural Sport Federation are co-hosting the games and the festivals.

According to the information we get through a telephone interview from office Head of the Ethiopian Cultural Sports Federation, Belayneh Haile, all the states and the two city administrations are taking part in the games with Afar, Gambella, Ethio-Somali and Harari missing this year’s tournament even if the federation had expected to see all of the states and the two city administration to attend such a national cultural tournament.

State Minister of Youth and Sport Anbessaw Enyew, higher officials of the Amhara State and South Gondar Zone as well as the delegates of the federation including President Engineer Solomon Asfaw have attended the opening of the game.

It is a known fact that cultural sports create strong friendship at a national, continental and international levels through building strong ties, sense of friendship and fair play in the overall processes of the games.

Gena, Tigil (wrestling), Korbo/ Gengu Koresh/, the 12 and 18 holed Cultural Games of Gebeta /Kinkibosh/, shah, Bub cultural round games have been undergone with Korbo nearing to get finalized soon. And the remaining games to be executed fully up to the end of this coming weekend.

Cultural sports are among the major means to securing equal participation of all citizens in sport by revealing their identity and the sport policy of Ethiopia has given emphasis on that regard.

The 4th Ethiopian Cultural Sport Games and the 10th Sport Festival will last within 10 days from May 13-22, 2016 in Debre Tabor town, South Gondar Administration Zone of the Amhara State.

Source: The Ethiopian Herald
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