Circassiada 2012 - World Circassian Olympic Games

2012 дунейпсо адыгэ зэпеуэ джэгу 

Фlым фlы къешэ – Kindness begets kindness 

Circassiada is a project of Circassian Olympic Games to be held in Nalchik in 2012, during 12 days in 12 branches of sport— corresponding to the number of stars on the Circassian flag. Its motto is an old Circassian proverb ‘Kindness begets kindness’. The authors of the idea and the project are Sufian Zhemukho, current expert with PONARS’ Eurasia program and a former Fulbright scholar, and Aleksey Bekshoko, chairman of the Union of Abkhaz Volunteers. 

The authors have planned to conduct 12 presentations of the project as well: six of these have already taken place in cities throughout Russia, including Moscow, St.-Petersburg, and Sochi, while the remaining talks will be held outside the Russian Federation: Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Sukhum, USA, GB. The first presentations were covered by Russian nationwide news agencies such as Caucasian Knot, IA Regnum, and Russian News Service. The authors of the project have written a book on the issue: ‘Circassian Olympics: Presentation in Russia’ with articles in Circassian, Russian, English, and Turkish in the book. 

Since ninety percent of the Circassian nation is scattered across the globe, the main goal of the Circassian Olympics is to unify them around this event, similar to the goals of the Jewish Olympic Games Makkabiaha (since 1932) and the Pan-Armenian Games (since 1999). The first Circassian Olympics are linked in several ways to the 2014 Winter Olympics which will be held in Sochi, the last capital of independent Circassia. In addition, the 150th anniversary of the deportation of Circassians will be commemorated in 2014. The Circassiada will suggest Circassian elements (12 stars and 3 arrows) to be included in the Sochi Olympics in order to remind the world about the native inhabitants of the area. The Circassian Games will be held after the 2012 London Summer Olympics whose main host, the mayor of London Boris Johnson, has recently announced that his great-grand-mother was a Circassian. 

  • 12 days of the Circassian Olympic Games: 10–21 August 2012.
  • Official language of the Olympic Games — Circassian. International languages — Russian, English, Arabic, Turkish.

12 Goals 

  1. The strengthening of friendship and mutual understanding between the global Circassian community and the Russian Federation.
  2. To spread awareness of the role of Circassians in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi which will take place on the 150th anniversary the Circassian deportations, by suggesting that Circassian symbols (twelve stars, three arrows, etc.) by including among the official symbols of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  3. The three arrows on the Circassian flag symbolize peace in the Circassian land. In this tradition, sport should become a world ambassador of peace, uniting all Circassians in their ancient land.
  4. The rehabilitation of the Circassian people, nine tenths of whom emigrated from their historic homeland or perished by the conclusion of the Russian-Caucasian war.
  5. The repatriation of Circassians whose ancestors were deported from their native land.
  6. To show support for the policy of the consolidation Russia’s regional administrative divisions, and raise the question of establishing a single Circassian republic based on the three titular Circassian regions.
  7. The development of the Circassian language (by conducting the Olympic Games in the Circassian language).
  8. To spread awareness of Circassian history.
  9. To spread awareness of the “cherkesska” — the national dress of Circassians.
  10. To spread awareness of Circassian traditions, culture, music, games, national dishes, and breed of horse.
  11. To spread awareness of traditional Circassian sports: national belts-wrestling, horse riding, etc.
  12. The economic development of Circassia (the main regions of the Russian Federation where Circassians live) and the countries of the Circassian Diaspora.  

12 kinds of sport  

  1. Football (Nalchik, Nartkala, Prokhladnyi).
  2. Free-style wrestling (Nalchik, Baksan, Chegem, Argudan).
  3. Greco-Roman wrestling (Nalchik, Terek).
  4. National Circassian belts-wrestling (Nalchik, Kashkhatau).
  5. Judo (Maikop).
  6. Boxing (Nalchik, Cherkessk).
  7. Oriental combat sports (Psygansu).
  8. Volleyball (Nalchik).
  9. Basketball (Nalchik).
  10. Horse racing (Nalchik, Baksan, Zalukokoazhe).
  11. Weightlifting (Nalchik, Nartkala, Tyrnyauz).
  12. Track and field athletics (Nalchik, Anzorei). 

12 stages of preparation 

FIRST STAGE: organizational (May 2009 — September 2009) 

Info preparation. The creation of a website for the Circassian Olympic Games.An official address to the Sochi 2014 Organizing committe. 

3 venues for discussion of the idea:  

   -      Forum of Circassian organizations (on April, 4th 2009);

   -      Conference on the eve of May, 21st (on May, 18th);

   -      Congress of «Adyge Hase» KBR (on June, 5th).

12 project presentations: 

   -      In Russia: Maikop (16.06.09), Lazarevsky (16.06.09), Cherkessk (17.06.09), Sochi (30.06.09), St. Petersburg (9.07.09), Moscow (21.07.09).

   -      Abroad: Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Abkhazia, USA, Britain.

Publication of a book about the Circassian Olympic Games based on materials from the presentations in the Russian Federation. An ascent on Mt. Elbrus in support of the Olympics and dedicated to the 180th anniversary of the first climber Kilar Khashirov (September 2009). 

The establishment of an organization committee with various branches in Nalchik, the formulation of a business plan, and the creation of the symbols of the Circassian Olympic Games (March 2010). 

An official address to the Olympic Committee of Russian Federation, the President of the Russian Federation, the Prime minister of the Russian Federation, the Presidents of five North-Caucasus republics (Kabardino-Balkaria, Кarachaevo-Cherkessia, Adygeia, Abkhazia, Alania), the governors of Krasnodar and Stavropol regions, the International Olympic Committee, and the leaders of countries in which the Circassian Diaspora resides (March 2010). 

Holding 12 open project conferences to rally the support of the Circassian community. 

SECOND STAGE: preparatory (September 2009 — June 2012)

The training of athletes (September 2010 — June 2012). 

A fact-finding mission to Israel and Armenia to gain insight into those countries’ experiences with conducting similar national games (Makkabiah and the Pan Armenian games). A trip of a delegation to London for an exchange of experience with organizing committee for 2012 Summer Olympic games in London. A meeting with the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who is of Circassian origin (September 2010). 

Preparation of the infrastructure and sports facilities for the Olympic Games. The games will be held in existing facilities with a minimal amount of capital investment for necessary improvements (September 2010 June 2012). 

THIRD STAGE: Events (1 June — 21 August, 2012) 

The igniting of the Olympic torch and a relay race — June 1 — August 1, 2012. The Olympic torch will be lit by 12 Circassian mountain climbers on Elbrus, first conquered in 1829 by the Circassian Kilar Khashirov. Olympic torch will be carried through six regions of the Russian Federation in which Circassian people reside. The torch will follow the following route: Nalchik — Mozdok — Stavropol — Cherkessk — Maikop — Lazarevsky, and the countries of the Circassian Diaspora. 

The opening ceremonies of the Circassian Olympics will be held on August 10, 2012. The Olympic fire will be lit at the “Spartak” stadium in Nalchik by 12 outstanding Circassian sportsmen. A concert. 

Sports contests — on August, 11–19, 2012. 

Closing of the Olympic games — on August, 21, 2012. 

12 aspects of safety

  1. Ecological safety. According to Circassian Olympics project, sporting events will be held in existing sport facilities and facilities in the process of construction. provides for carrying out of sports events on the basis of the existing sports facilities and finalization of the construction. We do not plan on conducting accelerated non-planned building which can threaten the region’s ecology.
  2. Interethnic safety. Representatives of various peoples and ethnicities from regions with Circassian populations from both within the Russian Federation and abroad will take part in the 2012 Circassian Olympics. This interethnic dimension will strengthen the links between Circassians and the peoples who they live among.
  3. Extremism and terrorism. The Circassian Olympics bares no religious or antireligious coloring. It is an international, cultural and ethnic project. Cultural and national ideas associated with the Circassian Olympics will detract at-risk portions of the region’s youth from indulging in religious extremism and provide for the development of tolerance in a society.
  4. Interethnic safety. Some representatives of Circassian Diaspora oppose the carrying out of the Sochi Olympic Games and other events that take place on historic Circassian lands but do not include input from members of the Circassian Diaspora. Such events may encourage divisions within the Circassian world. Our project provides for holding presentations in Jordan, Turkey and Syria (the main countries of the Circassian Diaspora) and explanations of the views of the project’s authors on these questions.
  5. Safety and crime prevention measures. In order to avoid an increase in a number of household and criminal offences because of excessive use of alcoholic beverages during the Olympics, Circassian Olympic games will be conducted under the motto of sobriety and will actively propagate a healthy way of life. In particular, we will utilize experience of the anti alcohol social advertising campaign that was held on the eve of the anniversary on May, 21st in 2009.
  6. Military and civil safety. The organization of various kinds of sporting events in close proximity to military bases and departments of internal affairs will allow for the timely dispersal of the army and police for protection of the population in case of military threat or civil disorders during the games. Propagation of Adyga (Circassian) etiquette will help create the atmosphere of friendliness among the visitors and residents of the republic.
  7. Transport safety. The state road «Kavkaz» will experience an increase in automobile traffic from other regions of the Southern Federal District. It will be necessary to establish extra international flights in the local airports (Minvody and Nalchik) and also to finish construction on the Nalchik bypass road through Chegem.
  8. Safety in case of emergency situations, fire-prevention safety. The dispersal of sporting events throughout various parts of the republic and neighboring regions will help avoid creating an excessive concentration of people in Nalchik. It will be possible to provide visitors with accommodation in cities of the republic.
  9. Medical safety. The distribution of various sporting events in parts of the Republic will allow for the mobilization regional hospitals, pharmacies and ambulance services for timely medical aid and medicines.
  10. Food safety. The Olympics will take place at the end of summer, in the harvest time and a peak of activity of small- and medium-sized businesses. Inhabitants of the republic will be able to provide guests with foodstuffs in Nalchik and other cities. To cover an increase in demand on foodstuffs, delivery of food from neighboring regions can be organized.
  11. Sanitary and epidemiologic safety. The even dispersal of visitors throughout various parts of the republic will mitigate against problems associated with the water supply and sanitary-and-epidemiologic safety in places of trade and residence.
  12. Mobile and landline communication safety. The functioning of telecommunications during the Circassian Olympics can serve as a model for the Sochi Olympic Games.  

12 Conferences 

  1. Security and the Circassian Olympic Games.
  2. Circassian and Sport: Historical and Contemporary Aspects.
  3. The Circassian Olympics as an Ideology of National Unification.
  4. The Circassian Olympics, “Makkabi,” and the Pan-Armenian Games: Experience of Creating an Ideology for a United Diaspora on the Basis of Sport.
  5. Economic Aspects of the Circassian Olympic Games.
  6. The place of the Circassian Olympics within the International Olympic Movement.
  7. The Circassian dimention of the Sochi Olympics.
  8. The Circassian Olympics as an Ideology for Strengthening Interethnic Relations.
  9. The Circassian Olympics in the Context of the Formation of Approaches to Solving the Problems of the Circassian People.
  10. An Information Campaign as a Means for Promoting the Development of Circassian History, Culture and language through the Olympic Movement.
  11. The Perspectives for Transforming the Elbrus and Black-Sea Regions of the Russian Federation into a unified mountain-sea resort region.
  12. The Circassian Olympics in the Context of the Challenges of Modernity.  

12 Sources of Funding 

  1. Voluntary donations from Circassians.
  2. Goodwill Fundraisers: telethons, concerts, etc.
  3. The regional budgets of administrative units of the Russian Federation in which Circassians reside.
  4. Private sponsors from regions of the Russian Federation in which  Circassians Reside.
  5. The governments of the countries of the Circassian Diaspora.
  6. Private sponsors from countries of the Circassian Diaspora.
  7. The federal budget of the Russian Federation.
  8. The Olympic Committee of the Russian Federation.
  9. The International Olympic Committee.
  10. Support from non-governmental organizations of the Russian Federation.
  11. Support from foreign non-governmental organizations.
  12. The Organization of Non-Represented Peoples to which the Circassian people belong.

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