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    A Mauri indigenous man from New Zealand dances around a bonfire on the eve of the beginning of the first World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Tocantins, Brazil on October 22, 2015

    First World Indigenous Games Start in Brazil

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    The first World Indigenous Games started on Friday in the northern Brazilian city of Palmas.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Over 2,200 athletes from 30 countries, including Russia, Australia, Japan, Norway and the Philippines, are expected to participate in the multisport event taking place until November 1.

    The event is set to include competitions in sports traditional for indigenous peoples, such as archery, javelin throwing, rope pulling, as well as several Olympic disciplines.

    According to the organizers, the games will promote culture exchanges rather than the competitive element of the sporting events.

    The organizing committee has also prepared a comprehensive cultural program, including the latest Indigenous People’s Social Forum, activities for indigenous women, fairs and lecture series.

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