Tehran, 10 November 2005 (CHN)-- The first international festival of the gymnasiums (Zoor-khaneh) of the world will be held in Mashad from 11th to 16th of November 2005 with the attendance of 33 countries.
This festival will be held for the first time and with the participation of teams from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Netherlands, India, Malawi, Benin, South Korea, Germany, Kazakistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Nepal, Thailand, Belarus, Iraq, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Kuwait, Japan, Indonesia, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Iran and with the attendance of more than 70 foreign athletes.
The opening ceremony will be held in 11th of November by the attendance of Aliabadi, Iranian vice president, Mehralizadeh, head of Sport Organization of Iran, head of the International Federation of ancient sports, and the other executive authorities and authorities of Khorasan Razavi province.
The festival will be held with the support of Sport Organization of Iran, Olympics National Committee, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcast, and the hospitality of Mashad Municipality, and with the coordination of Ferdowsi University, Astan Quds Razavi, and the Sport Organization of the province.
During the festival, athletes will compete individually and in groups to show their qualifications.
International Federation of Ancient Sports has 23 memberships and has started its activities since last year.
Thailand and Malawi teams were the first groups who entered Mashad City to participate in the competitions. Athletes and authorities of these countries are satisfied by coming to Iran and hoped for the continuation of this festival.
? Today a program will be held by the International Federation of gymnasium sports to introduce Iran's culture and civilization to the participating groups to make them familiar with the history of Iran.
The gymnasium has a history of its own in Iran. Exercise is very formal, done to the rhythm of the drum and a singer. The long history of the gymnasts is recorded on the walls of the gymnasium in the form of historic photographs.
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