Sport has an important place in the people-to-people cooperation in the Barents Region. International sports activities involve many participants and contribute to remove political, social and cultural barriers.
Many different sports have annual competitions for the region’s best athletes. This weekend Lakselv in Finnmark, Norway, hosted the Barents Swim Meet 2013 with participation of teams from Norway, Russia and Finland.
The competition gathered some 50 young swimmers, many of them among the best of their age group in their respective home countries.
The final results showed that the Norwegian team won by only two points over Finland, followed by Russia on third place. The Finnish team took 12 first places, the Norwegian 10 and the Russian team 2.
Finland defeated the other two countries at both the men’s relays – 4x100 medley and 4x200 freestyle, while Norway took the victory in both the women’s relays – 4x 100 medley and 4x100 freestyle.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.