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International Army Games
Армейские международные игры
Emblem of the games
First event2015
Occur everyyear
Last event2022
Next event2024[1]
HeadquartersMoscow
OrganizerRussian MoD

The International Army Games is an annual international military sports event organized by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Russia. The event, which was first staged in August 2015, involves close to 30 countries taking part in dozens of competitions over two weeks to prove which is the most skilled.[2] The games have been referred to as the War Olympics.[3] In addition to the competition, the International Army Games includes a military theme park, a recruitment station, and souvenir shops.[4]

History

Participant countries of the 2019 International Army Games

Editions

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[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Year Edition Dates Host Country Events Champion
2015 1  Russia 13  Russia[19]
2016 2  Russia 23  Russia[20]
2017 3  Russia 28
2018 4  Russia 28  Russia[21]
2019 5  Russia
2020 6  Russia 30  Russia[11]
2021 7  Russia  Russia[22]
2022 8  Russia 34

Competitions

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2020 Events

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Hosts:

  1. Russia
  2. Iran
  3. India
  4. Mongolia
  5. Kazakhstan
  6. Uzbekistan
  7. Armenia
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. Belarus
  10. China

Events:

  1. Tank Biathlon = Tank Crews Competition
  2. Suvorov Attack = Ifvs' Crews Competition
  3. Sniper Frontier = Snipers Competition
  4. Aviadarts = Flight Crews Competition
  5. Airborne Platoon = Airborne Forces Platoons Competition
  6. Seaborne Assault = Naval Infantry Units Competition
  7. Sea Cup = Combat Ship Crews Competition
  8. Depth = Divers Multidiscipline Competition
  9. Masters Of Artillery Fire = Mortar Battery Squads Competition
  10. Gunsmith Master = Maintenance Platoons Competition
  11. Clear Sky = Ad Units Competition
  12. Confident Reception = Competition Of Anti-Aircraft Missile Troops Units
  13. Army Scout Masters = Army Reconnaissance Units Competition
  14. Open Water = Pontoon Bridge Crews Competition
  15. Safe Route = Combat Engineering Units Competition
  16. Engineering Formula = Engineering Units Competition
  17. Safe Environment = NBC Reconnaissance Crews Competition
  18. Masters Of Armored Vehicles = Armored Vehicles Crews Competition
  19. Elbrus Ring = Mountain Infantry Units Competition
  20. True Friend = Dog Handlers Competition
  21. Military Medical Relay Race = Medical Staff Competition
  22. Field Kitchen = Food Service Specialists Competition
  23. Guardian Of Order = Military Police Competition
  24. Military Rally = Armored Vehicles Crews Competition
  25. Warrior Of Peace = International Competition Of Military-Professional Servicemen Skills
  26. Falcon Hunting = Uavs' Crews Competition
  27. Road Patrol = Military Police Officers Competition
  28. Emergency Area = Competition Among Emergency Rescue Units
  29. Equestrian Marathon = Competition Among Horse Mounted Units
  30. Polar Star = Special Operation Units Competition

Participants

Note: O = Observer

For the first time, Bolivia and Rwanda participated in the 2022 Games.

Countries Participated in
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
 Russia (Host) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Abkhazia Yes Yes Yes
 Afghanistan Yes Yes
 Algeria O Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Angola Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Armenia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Austria O
 Azerbaijan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Bangladesh Yes Yes Yes
 Belarus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Bolivia Yes
 Brazil O O
 Burkina Faso Yes Yes
 Cambodia Yes Yes Yes
 Cameroon Yes
 China Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Cuba O Yes
 Denmark O
 Egypt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Equatorial Guinea Yes
 Eswatini Yes
 Finland O
 France O
 Germany O O
 Greece Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Guinea Yes
 India Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Indonesia O Yes
 Iran O Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Israel O Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Jordan Yes
 Kazakhstan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Kuwait Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Kyrgyzstan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Laos Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Mali Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Mongolia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Morocco Yes Yes Yes
 Mozambique Yes Yes
 Myanmar O O Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Namibia O Yes
 Netherlands O
 Nicaragua Yes Yes Yes Yes
 North Korea O
 Pakistan Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Palestine Yes Yes
 Peru Yes
 Philippines Yes
 Qatar O Yes Yes
 Republic of Congo Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Rwanda Yes
 Saudi Arabia O Yes
 Serbia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Slovenia O
 South Africa Yes Yes Yes Yes
 South Korea O
 South Ossetia Yes Yes Yes
 Sri Lanka Yes
 Sudan Yes Yes Yes Yes
  Switzerland O
 Syria Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Tajikistan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Thailand Yes
 Turkey O
 Turkmenistan O
 Uganda Yes Yes Yes
 United States O O
 Uzbekistan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Venezuela Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Vietnam O Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Yemen Yes
 Zimbabwe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Greece was the only NATO member state that has officially participated in the games. Since 2020, three largely-unrecognised countries have participated.

Russian groups in opening and closing ceremonies

Members of the ensemble during the closing ceremony of the International Army Games in 2020.

Gallery

See also

References

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