International Marathon of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Has Been Started in Astana
Within the framework of EXPO-2017 specialized exhibition, an international marathon of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia has been started in the capital of Kazakhstan early in the morning.
The Astana International Marathon was opened by the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, who congratulated the participants of the event and noted that the unique marathon has been held in our country for the first time. The Minister wished the participants to have a successful start and great victories and thanked all the organizers.
The organizers of the large-scale event were the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Mayor’s Office of Astana, the Athletics Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and “SHANGHE” Yunnan Cultural and Sports Company. It involves participation of more than 15 professional athletes from each SCO and CICA member country. More than 3 000 Kazakhstanis are taking part in the international run. There are famous masters of sports such as the bronze prize-winner of the Olympic Games (2008) Kanat Islam, the Olympic champion of Athens, the boxer Bakhtiyar Artayev, the Olympic champion of London Alexander Vinokurov, twice silver medalist in boxing of the Olympic Games of 1996 and 2000 Bulat Zhumadilov, silver medalist of the 2010 Olympic Biathlon in Vancouver Yelena Khrustalyova, bronze medalist of the 1998 Olympic Games in speed skating Lyudmila Prokasheva, the famous Kazakhstani Astana Team cyclist Assan Bazayev, the winner of “Kazakhstan Barysy 2011, silver medalist in 2017 Ulan Ryskul among the athletes who have shown their interest in the marathon on behalf of our country.
Together with Kazakhstan athletes, the distance is being conquered by famous foreign athletes as well. They are the silver medalist of the Asian Championship at 42 km, bronze medalist of the Asian Championship 2015 at 10 000 m born in Uzbekistan Andrei Petrov, athlete from Tajikistan Odinayev Mekhrob, multiple champion of Kyrgyzstan and international tournaments, participant of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Mariya Korobitskaya.
Runners are competing in three distances. They are symbolic 2017 meters, the so-called EXPO RUN, amateur distance of 10 kilometers and the marathon itself with a distance of 42 kilometers 195 meters.
The Mayor of Astana Asset Issekeshev is also taking part in the race. The head of the city intends to overcome the symbolic 2017 meters.
As informed by the organizers of the marathon, the prize fund in monetary equivalent is provided only for the distance of 42 km 195 m. It makes 4 500 million tenge. Winners will be determined in 9 nominations. The participants of the other distances will also not be left without attention. They will be awarded with valuable prizes from the sponsors and organizers of the event.
It should be recalled that Astana International Marathon of the SCO and CICA is held within the framework of the agreement reached on April 4, 2017 between the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Back then it was decided to unite the international marathon with the forum of “Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia” (CICA), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Source: Akimat of Astana