The Russian Ministry of Defence said today that 18 States are considering the possibility of hosting competitions of the International Army Games 2021, among them are the Arab States of Algeria and Qatar. The International Army Games 2021 will be held from 22 August to 4 September 2021.
This was announced at an international conference held by the Russian Ministry of Defence with the participation of representatives of the host countries of Army Games 2020 and the military-diplomatic corps. The videoconference discussed the results of this year's games and laid the ground for next year's games.
The conference was attended by delegations of the military departments of Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, as well as more than 30 military attachés from Asia, Africa, Europe, and America, said the Ministry's press service.
"Participants of the International Army Games 2020 summed up the results and discussed the procedure for their holding in 2021," said the Ministry on Friday.
The Ministry announced during the meeting that so far 18 states are considering the possibility of hosting Army Games 2021; Azerbaijan, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Vietnam, Iran, India, Israel, China, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Sri Lanka.
In 2021, the Games will have new competitions with new features and procedures. Next year's games will include the "Meridian" contest for specialists of the military topographic service, and the "Tactical Shooter" contest which is based on elements of army tactical shooting from various small arms, reported the press service of the Ministry.
"Also, within the framework of the planning conference, a meeting of the international organising committee for the preparation of Army Games 2021 was held, at which the participants and organisers of the Games discussed a number of organisational issues related to the Regulations on refereeing, the work of the Main Referee Commission, the distribution of competitions between countries and the organisation of information support."
The Ministry says that during the Games, it is planned to hold 34 international competitions with the maximum expansion of the geography of their holding.
156 teams from 32 countries took part in 30 Games competitions in 2020. At the end of the International Army Games 2020, the Russian national team took first place winning 25 competitions, second came the Belarusian team with four wins, and third was the Uzbekistan national team with 3 wind.