1 st International tournament in mini-football called "Buddhist People's Cup "White Lotus"
An opening of the 1st International tournament in mini-football called "Buddhist People's Cup "White Lotus" took place in Elista on May 1st. 8 teams from Mongolia, Laos, Sri-Lanka, and regions or Russia - Buryatia, Tyva, Altai, participated in the tournament. Kalmykia was represented by 2 teams - students of Kalmyk State University and Moscow Association of Kalmyk Students.
The tournament was organized by the Kalmyk social organization supporting relations with compatriots called "Jungar", with the help of the Central Temple "Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni" and Government of the Republic of Kalmykia.
The tournament was opened by special guests: Head of the Republic of Kalmykia Aleksey Orlov, Shadzhin-lama of the Republic of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche, famous buddhologist, professor of the Columbian University Robert Thurman.
"We are open to everyone! Welcome! - exclaimed Shadzhin-lama, - Good luck to the participants!"
Head of the region Aleksey Orlov pointed out that the Buddhist Cup tournament is only a beginning of a long way to reunion, and that no one will lose as everyone wins in friendship, brotherhood and unity of the nations.
On the second day of the tournament participants met the students and the rector of KalmSU Badma Salaev. The meeting turned out to be warm and informal and lasted over 2 hours instead of the planned 1. Rector greeted the participants and told them about the life of the University.
Kalmyk students asked questions about Buddhism, student society and friendship between our nations. Despite the distance and difference between our cultures, all participants felt comfortable and sincerely admired Kalmykia and Kalmyk people. Guests from Buratiya even sang a song in their native language.
After the meeting, all teams were presented with a documentary about the life and history of KalmSU. On May 3rd, the final game and closing of the tournament took place. In the final match between Mongolia and KalmSU the home team became winners. Mongolian team took a second place. Third place went to the team of Moscow Association of Kalmyk Students.
The team captains thanked the committee of the sporting event for the great time and the opportunity to communicate with each other.
Source: Kalmyk State University