22 September 2013
A final match of the IV International Parliamentary Games took place in Moscow
September 20-22 the IV International Parliamentary Games were held in Moscow. Teams from 11 countries of the world participated. For three days the teams of parliamentarians fought for the right to be called the strongest in the following sports: mini-football, tennis, table tennis, chess and badminton. Red Square was chosen as the venue for the friendly match.
At the opening of the last friendly meeting, the tone was set by the Band of the Moscow Suvorov Military Music College. For two halves, 35 minutes each, the audience watched a spectacular game. Despite the friendly atmosphere it was a serious confrontation and many goals were scored.
The match ended with the score of 10 to 8 in favor of Russia. After the game the parliamentarians were offered to take part in a traditional Russian amusement – a tug-of-war, where the Russian team confirmed its victory.
The International Parliamentary Games are a unique event. They are a new type of interparliamentary relations. They were first held in 2009 upon the initiative of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture and Sport. Since then these games have become a tradition.
In his greeting on behalf of the captain of the Russian national team, Alexander Zhukov mentioned that these games should set a good example for everybody and motivate them “to participate in sports, to be healthy and to strive for victory”.