The Yordyn Games: Friendly competition for the strongest people

The Yordyn Games: Friendly competition for the strongest people

13-15 June 2019, The village of Yelantsy, the Irkutsk Region.

The Yordyn Games, an ethnocultural festival of the peoples of Eurasia, brings together men, who compete in strength and agility, and women, who take part in a beauty pageant.

Under the blazing-white summer sky, wrestlers get fired up to try their strength against one another, and horsemen participate in races. Archers shoot at targets with traditional bows.

Weight lifters have to undergo a serious ordeal: Their task is to lift and move a stone which weighs from 110 to 125 kilograms.

It is held every other year. The festival location was chosen a very long time ago – the sacred mountains Yokhe Yord and Baga Yord, eight kilometers away from the settlement of Yelantsy in Irkutsk Region.

Apart from competitions, the central event of the festival is Yokhor, a ritual ring dance of buryat peoples around the sacred mountain. It takes 700 people to form the circle. There are always enough volunteers to dance all night long, holding hands with a crowd of strangers: The 2015 festival gathered 5000 guests who made three giant rings to encircle the mountains.

Ice golf on Baikal lake.

The Second eliminatory competition for World Ice Golf Cup 2020 on Baikal ice will take place on 15-16 of March 2019

Total Winner of Competition in 2019 
will get the second ticket for the World Ice golf Cup in 2020 

Russian Golf Association Director Alexander Victorovich Kochetkov took part in the first eliminatory Ice Golf tournament on Baikal in 2017. Photographer: Vladimir Smirnov

Russian Golf Association Director Alexander Victorovich Kochetkov took part in the first eliminatory Ice Golf tournament on Baikal in 2017. Photographer: Vladimir Smirnov

Baikal Ice Golf takes place since 2004. In 2017 Competition Committee announced that World Ice Golf Cup 2020 will take place at Baikal. In that year the first eliminatory tournament of World Ice Golf Cup. The winner Eom Keeyoung – consul General of Korean republic in Irkutsk got the first ticket for World Cup in 2020. 

Генеральный консул республики Корея в Иркутске, господин Ом Ги Ёнг получил первую путевку на World ICE-Golf Cup 2020

Генеральный консул республики Корея в Иркутске, господин Ом Ги Ёнг получил первую путевку на World ICE-Golf Cup 2020

The uniqueness of this event that competition is organized directly on Baikal ice above hundreds meters of water. Its thickness can reach 80 centimeters to the middle of March. But the most attractive is Baikal Ice Golf is international golf community in very interesting place, unique beauty of Siberian nature. Huge size of Baikal, spectacular views, fantastic transparent ice, mystique ice caves and great energy of Power Place. 

Baikal, Olkhon Island, Burkhan cape, Shaman peak, Small Sea gulf. Photographer: Evgeny Saifutdinov

Baikal, Olkhon Island, Burkhan cape, Shaman peak, Small Sea gulf. Photographer: Evgeny Saifutdinov

Participants all over the world take part in Baikal Ice Golf. Every participant can compete in professional or newcomer tournament depending on his qualification. All female or male participants at the age of 12 can take part in this competition. It doesn’t matter whether he or she can play golf or not, all participants will enjoy this activity. For any player ice golf is a new and unusual experience. 

Click on the text to apply for competition on the official website of event

Interview of Russian Golf Association director Alexander Kochetkov 

Prizes of Baikal Ice golf competition are unique cups made of Siberian cedar wood, look like Baikal seal or Siberian bear, some prizes from sponsors. The winner of Tournament in 2019 will get the ticket for World Ice Golf Cup in 2020.

Cups made of valuable material – Siberian cedar wood. Photographer: Vladimir Smirnov.

Cups made of valuable material – Siberian cedar wood. Photographer: Vladimir Smirnov.

Guests will be offered the high quality accommodation, meals and transfers. For participants’ convenience the individual tours or some all inclusive packages for 3, 5 or 6 days will be sold. И это замечательная возможность сделать отдых насыщенным, побывать в самых красивых местах Байкала – на Малом Море и острове Ольхон, совершив круиз по льду вдоль диких берегов на судне на воздушной подушке. Или отдохнуть в высокогорном шале, покоряя заснеженные склоны Хамар-Дабана на лыжах или снегоходе, наблюдая фантастическую панораму Байкала. 

Высококлассный отдых в горах над Байкалом

Высококлассный отдых в горах над Байкалом

Традиционно турнир проводится в самый благоприятный период ледового сезона на Байкале – во второй декаде марта. Когда солнце уже греет по-весеннему, а температура воздуха поднимается до +10 градусов. 
«Baikal ICE-Golf» всегда привлекает большое внимание СМИ. Видео-сюжеты о проведении турнира ежегодно публикуют крупнейшие федеральные и международные телерадиокомпании: телеканалы Первый, Россия, Euronews, Russia Today, Associated Press, Weather Channel. Турнир проводится при поддержке Правительства Иркутской области и Ассоциации Гольфа России. Международные ХV соревнования по ледово-снежному гольфу проводятся в соответствии с Правилами вида спорта гольф, утвержденными приказом Министерства спорта Российской Федерации № 115 от 06 марта 2014 г., Положением о проведении Соревнований и Местными правилами, утвержденными Федерацией гольфа Иркутской области. Формат игры: строукплэй, 9 или 18 лунок, без учета гандикапа. Периметр условного гольф-поля – 2020 метров (по кругу), при 18 лунках – увеличивается.

Event time: 15-16 of March 2019
Event place: Russia, Irkutsk region, Baikal’sk 
Airport of arrival: Irkutsk 

Sport organizer of world Ice Golf Cup 2020 – Golf Federation of Irkutsk region, representative is Chairman of Federation Council Milvit Yury Nickolaevich, phone: +7 (902) 763-87-77 
Official service partner: Grand Baikal +79086615215;
e-mail: Baikal-golf@mail.ru

BAIKAL ICE live sound


Lake BAIKAL ICE live sound. Unbeliveable! Real video from IRKUTSK ethnik percussion group «ETHNOBEAT». We playing on frozen water of deepest and oldest Lake Baikal with pleasure and delight in the soul:)