The opening ceremony of the Seventh Asian Winter Games struck all people in the stadium and behind the TV screens as well. Nobody expected to have such kind of grand show in the land of nomadic people. 30 000 spectators and millions of other viewers were struck by the scenes prepared for the program of the opening ceremony. Three hour show was decorated by many scenes from the life of Kazakh people beginning from early ancient Turk tribes,  Saks, Golden Man up to present day. The whole show was an introduction and review to the historical pages of the country. The whole program was aimed to present general overview of the country that grew from steppes into developing and civilized country – The Republic of Kazakhstan. I hope all Kazakh people felt pride for it was a ceremony that showed the power of our country. As one of our foreign spectators noticed ” The show was very artistic”. Yes, during the time the scene changed so many times.

The symbol of Asian Games appeared from the sky gates above the stage area.

Under the “marsh” of the representatives of ancient tribes began the colorful ceremony of opening.

During the show the scene turned into endless ocean:


After the dance of Sak tribes on the stage “Golden Man” – a monument of a man in golden clothes with golden armor found in the territories of Kazakhstan.

The sun and the moon, as well as the sand clock that gave start to the opening ceremony, define the power of time. The time spent to get independence and respect of other countries of the world.

Along with colorful artistic elements the show was remarkable by the actors of home and foreign countries. Famous Kazakh singers Rosa Rymbaeva and Batyrkhan Shukenov performed the anthem of the Asian Games. Also the people could see famous Kazakh singer Talgar Musabaev, Nurzhamal Usenbaeva, well-known opera singers as Lara Fabian and Tui Djok.

The President of Kazakhstan congratulated our country with the achievement to held Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan, motivated our sportsmen to do their utmost and declared the winter games open. After President’s speech the flag of OCA appeared near the flag of our country.

27 Asian countries will take part in the Seventh Asian Winter Games 2011 in Astana and Almaty.

Nearly one thousand sportsmen will compete in eleven types of winter sports. Among them 164 sportsmen are from Kazakhstan. Our country presented the large number of participants in the games.

Kazakhstan aims to win the winter games. That’s why “Go forward, Kazakhstan!”

However, Chinese delegation also hopes to get the tradition kept. It is the second country with the largest number of sportsmen-participants.

Lets hope to the fair competition, and time will show the winner. The unity of purpose is the unity of spirit. Go forward, Kazakhstan! We are with you!