SPD supported the most scaling for its 18-year history International Kayak Race for the Cup of the Governor of Yugra was held in Nefteyugansk district. Over 200 ethnic sportsmen from Russia, Hungary, Norway, Spain, France, Portugal, Poland, Canada, the USA, China, Brazil, Iran, Congo, Kuwait, Niger, Malaysia, Latvia and Lithuania took part in the main sports event of the indigenous peoples of the North.

SPD is a permanent partner of this significant event in the ethnic life of the indigenous people of Yugra. This year the company has not only sponsored the event but also donated 5 kayaks (oblasa).

Within two days the best racers were defined in several disciplines: single race, crew race, relay, mass start, they demonstrated their mastership in kayak racing. This year women participated in the most technically complicated discipline – standing race. In crew total Nizhnevartovsk district crew hit the podium, Surgut district crew became silver medalist and Kogalym ranked the third.

For the first time representatives of four international organizations attended the race: UNESCO Advisers Committee for Traditional Games and Sport, Ethnosport World Society, the Northern Forum, and World Reindeer Breeders Association.

This is one of the most popular ethnic sports event in the autonomous region. Last year this event ranked the third in the category Sports Tourism Event in Russian Event Awards. It was also assigned National Event status. 

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