For nations like China and India that are a part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Russia proposed to hold a brand-new multi sports event on Wednesday.
At an SCO summit in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin first recommended developing the event. His offer comes at a time when several Olympic sporting activities are off limits to Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine last year.
At a meeting with sports officials from other SCO nations in India on Wednesday, Russia’s sports minister, Oleg Matytsin, offered to organise the so-called SCO Games, according to a statement from his ministry.
To check American influence, Moscow and Beijing established the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which also includes India, Pakistan, and four former Soviet states in Central Asia. The group regularly holds meetings and conducts joint military exercises.
No information was provided in Matytsin’s remarks regarding the event’s potential timing, size, or intent to compete with the Olympics.
On a somewhat small scale, Russia has already participated in various regional multi-sport competitions. Nine former Soviet states competed in the first CIS Games in 2021, which were organised and staged in Russia but were mainly eclipsed by the Tokyo Olympics a few weeks earlier. Also, there are the Russia-China Youth Games, a youth competition that Matytsin allegedly said may be expanded to include other SCO nations in December.