Opening of the International Military Games

Saturday, 3.8.2019 | News

“International Military Games 2019” one of the largest military sports competitions, have been opened today in the Patriot Park near Moscow in the Russian Federation.

Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Milan Mojsilović attended today’s ceremony, which was opened by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergey Shoygu.

At this year’s International Military Games, members of the Serbian Armed Forces will defend the colours of Serbian flag in three events - “Tank Biathlon”, “Military Rally” and “Sniper Border”. The first two events are taking place in the Russian Federation, while the third is going to be held in the Republic of Belarus.

The best four Serbian tank crews are going to participate in the event “Tank Biathlon” at the training area “Alabino” - three competing crews and one reserve, or 21 members of the Serbian Armed Forces. The members of the Serbian Armed Forces have participated in the most attractive event of the International Military Games since 2014, and they achieved their best result in 2015 when they won the third place.

This is the second time that our members have participated in the event “Sniper Border”. This year as well, in Belarus, competitors from the Republic of Serbia will compete in individual firing and within sniper pairs, and our team consists of nine members of the Serbian Armed Forces.

For the first time at International Military Games, the Serbian Armed Forces will try their luck in the event “Military Rally” which is taking place in the far east of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Tiva. The Serbian Armed Forces team consists of 10 members.  Military drivers will have four races - individual, race by map, race with the test of fire competence and team race. The races are driven in different terrain conditions over distances ranging from 150 to 250 kilometres.

During the International Military Games, a National Culture Festival is going to take place in the “House of Friendship” at the training area Alabino, and it is also competitive in nature. Participating countries have their stands at which they will present geographical, historical, cultural, military and other monuments of their countries. From 9th to 17th August, delegations of the participating countries will compete in four events - playing a musical instrument, presentation of national attire, performing songs and choreographies. The Serbian Armed Forces will be represented by four members of the Artistic Ensemble of the Ministry of Defence “Stanislav Binički”, in particular in solo singing, playing the trumpet, accordion and violin. Winners of the National Culture Festival will participate in the official programme of closing this great military competition.
The International Military Games are envisioned as one of the forms of increasing combat training of armed forces. This year’s games include 32 land, air and naval competitions, which are to take place at 21 training areas in the territory of 10 countries. More than 5000 soldiers will compete, meaning 223 crews from 39 countries of the world.

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