From 21 to 29 April Venezuela host the fifth Sports Games of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), an international event in which Russian athletes will participate as special guests.

«Russia is a sports powerhouse. Its athletes will bring good results to our games,» stressed Pablo Yustiz, Vice Minister for Youth and Sports of Venezuela, recalling that Venezuela invited Russia to the ALBA games as part of a bilateral sports agreement signed in October 2021.

The games are held in Caracas, La Guaira and Miranda and will bring together more than 3,000 athletes from Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Granada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia.

Athletes will compete in 33 disciplines including chess, athletics, basketball, baseball, billiards, skating, cycling, fencing, dominoes and football. About 30 facilities are being used for these games.

The first edition of ALBA games was held in Havana in 2005, when 2,000 athletes from 18 countries competed. Venezuela hosted the fourth ALBA games in 2011.

«Venezuela is full of pride, pleasure and honour to host so many athletes next April. Our country, as a venue, can live up to all expectations,» said Rander Pena, the Vice Foreign Affairs Minister for Latin America.

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) is a platform for the integration of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, which emphasises solidarity, complementarity, justice and cooperation. It is a political, economic and social alliance in defence of the independence, self-determination and identity of its member peoples.

It was created on 14 December 2004 by an agreement signed between Venezuela and Cuba, as a form of integration and union of Latin America and the Caribbean. It proposed a model of independent development with a priority on regional complementarity that would promote the development of all and strengthen cooperation through mutual respect and solidarity.

The aim of the alliance is economic integration and the joint development of its members on the basis of socialism (Bolivarianism) and the collective defence of independence in order to create a common Latin American political, economic and cultural space.

Source: Tv Brics

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