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Today, under the leadership of Colonel-General Ivan Buvaltsev, Head of the Main Directorate of Combat Training of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the first international planning conference on the preparation and holding of the International Army Games-2021 was held with the participation of representatives of the host countries of Army-2021 and the military-diplomatic corps of foreign states. The event was held via videoconference.

The conference was attended by delegations of the military departments of Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Armenia, Pakistan, as well as more than 50 military attaches from Asia, Africa, Europe and America.

At the event, the military attaches of foreign states, representatives of the countries – organizers of the competitions, brought up organizational issues for the holding of ARMI-2021, it was proposed to discuss the distribution of competitions between the states and the place of their holding. The representatives of the countries – the organizers of the Games informed their colleagues about the measures taken to hold competitions in the national territories. The meeting participants highly appreciated the 2020 Games and noted that, despite the difficult epidemiological situation, ARMI-2021 will become the key to the further development of international military cooperation between the military organizations of the participating countries.

The participants of the conference were introduced to the features and procedure for conducting new competitions. It is proposed to hold contests “Meridian” for specialists of the military topographic service and “Tactical shooter”, which is based on elements of army tactical shooting from various small arms, during Army-2021. The Army of Culture competition of creative teams was further developed. In total, 34 competitions are planned to be held within the framework of the International Army Games-2021. The first of them, the Sayan March, will take place from April 14 to 17 in the Krasnoyarsk Territory at the Ergaki mountain training base.

During the conference, representatives of the military departments of Algeria, Vietnam, Qatar and Serbia spoke, who brought the desire of the military departments to hold for the first time a number of ARMI-2021 competitions on their territories and the procedure for organizing competitions.

Also, within the framework of the planning conference, a meeting of the international organizing committee for the preparation of ARMI-2021 was held, at which the participants and organizers of the Games discussed a number of organizational issues related to the provisions on refereeing, the work of the Main Referee Commission, the distribution of competitions between countries, and the organization of information support.

As Colonel-General Ivan Buvaltsev noted, the International Army Games 2021 will be held from August 22 to September 4. During the Games, it is planned to hold 34 international competitions with the maximum expansion of the geography of their holding to 15 countries. Invitations to participate in ARMI-2021 have been sent to the military departments of 95 countries.

About 20 states (Azerbaijan, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Vietnam, Iran, India, Israel, China, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka) are considering the possibility of holding ARMI-2021 competitions.

The organizing committee of ARMI-2021 expects that next year at least 260 teams from more than 45 countries will take part in the competition.

As a reminder, following the results of the International Army Games-2020, the Russian team took the first place, the Belarus team took the second place, and the Uzbekistan national team took the third place.

156 teams from 32 countries took part in 30 competitions of the Army Games 2020. The Russian national team won 25 competitions, the Belarus national team won four, the Uzbekistan national team won three.

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