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The Hungarian team at the Nomad World Games

... that in the Third Nomad World Games held in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan in September, the Hungarian teams won four gold, four silver and four bronze medals?

This was not your usual sports competition!  Included in the races were sumo, great nomad, horseback and many other forms of wrestling; various national intellectual board games using wells and stones; various types of horse racing; different kinds of games meant to provide training in military strategy; and tug-of-war. 

All the gold medals won by the Hungarian team were won in archery, including one in horseback archery. One of the silver medals was for women’s arm wrestling, two for ”puta archery” which uses a clay pot or a leather covered target.  Three bronze medals were won by the Hungarian team in mas-wrestling, a Yakut ethnosport based on a stick-pulling game.  (Yakutia is the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia, covering over a million square miles and bordering on the Arctic Ocean.)

This was the first time Hungarians participated in the Games.  The next Nomad World Games will be held in Turkey in 2020.

... that the Hungarian team won the 2018 Men’s Water Polo World Cup?  The contest, sponsored by FINA (Fédération internationale de natation – the International Swimming Federation) was held in Berlin, September 11-14.  The Hungarian team defeated Australia 10-4 for the final standing.  They had placed equally well in 1979, 1995 and 1999. 

The world’s most successful water polo team, Hungarians won first place at  the Olympic Games nine times, were world champions twice, and European champions 12 times.

... that many soldiers from the Caucasian Republic of Georgia were among the Soviet forces that occupied Hungary in 1956?  They, as a group, refused to obey orders, stating they would not shoot at Hungarians who were fighting for their freedom.  Consequently, they themselves were shot by their Soviet officers. 

Their heroism was publicized by the Georgian poet Szilovan Narimanidze, whose poem could – naturally! – never be published in his native land.  It came to light through the research of Babirák Hajnalka, in her work entitled „Magyar-Georgiai irodalmi kapcsolatok” – Hungarian-Georgian Literary Connections – and was printed by  Horváth Zoltán, owner of Romanika Kiadó publishing house.

... that a church designed and sketched by the late Makovecz Imre  will be built in Budapest?  The final detailed plans were worked out by Dósa-Papp Tamás.  The world-famous architect, whose innovative structures can be found throughout Hungary, was unable to finish the plans due to his unexpected death.  The cornerstone for the Reformed church building was laid on Mátyás tér in the XX. District on September 23rd.    

For more about Makovecz Imre, see the December 2011 issue of Magyar News Online.

... that at the request of the regional government of Dodowa, Ghana, a model farm will be erected in that country with the cooperation of the Hungarian agricultural and research center?  Applying Hungarian agricultural technology, they aim to prove that Hungarian seed grains could double the harvests of that  African nation.


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