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Published on : Thursday, October 13, 2016
As a celebration of the original peoples in Venezuela and in recognition of their achievements during the Bolivarian revolution, the 6th National Indigenous Games kicked off in Maturin, in the state of Monagas.
The National Indigenous Games was launched by the president of the National Sports Institute, Pedro Infante, in the Hugo Chavez Village. ‘Holding these Games is the best way to celebrate Indigenous Resistance Day on October 12th,’ said Infante.
Around 600 athletes from 44 indigenous towns will compete in various sports until Friday (Oct 14), when the competition will conclude.The participating athletes will
compete in canoeing, swimming in open water, blowpipe shooting, the watura race (carrying a type of yam called yucca), cutting firewood, launching a piece of wood, indigenous wrestling, the greasy slippery pole competition, the yucca grating competition, volleyball and soccer.
‘They will be a success, because of more than a sports tournament, the event is a demonstration of the inclusive nature of our multi-ethnic society. The rights of indigenous people were restored with the arrival of Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) and have continued to be defended by Nicolas Maduro.