The jubilee XXV Open traditional competitions of reindeer herders for the Cup of the Governor of Yamal were completed in Nadym. The bright, beautiful sports festival defined the most adroit, strongest and fastest reindeer herders in the region. 13 participating teams from Krasnoselkoup, Nadymskiy, Priuralskiy, Purovskiy, Tazovskiy and Yamalskiy districts competed for the main prize of the competition — the Cup of the Governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
At the closing ceremony of the competition the head of Nadymskiy district Leonid Dyachenko, the director general of “Gazprom dobycha Nadym” Igor Melnikov appealed with words of greetings and congratulations to the contestants, residents and guests of Nadym. They and representatives of the government of Yamal, heads of fuel and energy companies presented awards to the winners in ethnic sports.
The team of Nadymskiy district won in the team competitions with a score 14 points. The second place was taken by the team of Yamalskiy district (the enterprise “Yarsalinskoye”) with the score 11 points. Representatives of the other team from Yamalskiy district (the enterprise “Panayevskoye”) became the bronze medalists with the score 10 points.
Vladimir Khatanzeyev, a representative of Nadymskiy district, won with the result 1’55”53 in the most spectacular and exciting ethnic competitions – the race on reindeer sleighs among men, as the administration of Nadymskiy district reports. The second and third places were taken by participants from Yamalskiy district Prokopiy Okotetto (result 2’02”75) and Alexander Yezyngi (2’02”92).
Elsa Pinaley, a representative of Nadymskiy district was the fastest among women at the race on reindeer sleighs; her result is 2’01”96. The second place was taken by Yelena Lapsui (2’03”28), a participant of the team from Tazovskiy district. With the result of 2’04”81 the bronze was won by a representative of Purovskiy district Ulyana Aivaseda.
The team of Yamalskiy district (“Panayevskoye”) was the first in the ski race with the result 18 minutes and 33 seconds. Representatives of the team of Yamalskiy district (“Valama”) are the silver medalists, their time is 18 minutes 56 seconds. Sportspeople of the other team from Yamalskiy district (“Kharp”) with the result 19 minutes 05 seconds became the bronze medalists.
By the way, skis for racing are cut out of wood (usually it is a fir tree or a pine) with help of an axe, then processed with a wood plane. To make skis a good master spends 2-3 days. Wide, short, plain-looking, they obligatorily lie inside the nomadic sleigh of any shepherd and serve as good help to reindeer herders.
The regional motor sport competitions for the prizes of the Governor of Yamal were held on the race track of Yantarnoye Lake. Representatives from the towns Nadym, Noviy Urengoy and Noyabrsk participated in them. The sportspeople and spectators were greeted by the head of Nadymskiy district. According to Leonid Dyachenko, motor racing is a difficult kind of sport that requires utmost concentration of forces, great energy and confidence from drivers. He wished the sportspeople for good luck, and the audience for the beautiful, spectacular holiday. The winners and prizewinners in individual classes of cars were determined in a fair and uncompromising struggle.
The program of the jubilee competitions of reindeer herders included the competitions of young reindeer herders in ethnic sports for the Cup of the head of Nadymskiy district. Children and young people from boarding schools in the ethnic villages of Nyda, Kutopyugan and Nadym Professional College competed in various disciplines.
Not only athletes were the winners of the awards. A new snowmobile was given to Lubov Salinder. The courageous woman alone after the death of her husband raises four children, leads nomadic lifestyle and has a private reindeer herd. The gift is very useful for the nomad. Dyachenko offered to give the snowmobile to the family, employees of the company “Zapsibgazprom” responded.
“The snowmobile will help me in my household, will be a reliable assistant when grazing reindeer. Thank the good people for such a necessary gift for our family”, said Lubov Salinder. Photos can be found here: https://sever-press.ru/2020/03/02/v-nadymskom-rajone-nagrady-nashli-svoih-geroev/