India to host part of International Army Games for first time

NEW DELHI: In a first, India will host a part of an international military sports event in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer over nine days in August, in a bid to promote bonhomie among the participating countries, Army officials said on Tuesday.

International Army Games, organised by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, have been taking place since 2015 and sees participation of close to 32 countries.

In 2019, it is proposed that the International Army Games will have 32 disciplines to be hosted by 10 countries — Russia, India, China, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, they said.

India will host the fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition as part of the games, an official said.

The India leg of the event is being held at the culturally rich golden city of Jaisalmer, nestled in the Thar desert.

“A total of eight countries — Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Belarus, China and India — will participate in this leg. The competition is being held in India for the first time under the aegis of the Indian Army and being organised by the Konark Corps at Jaisalmer military station,” the official said. (AGENCIES)