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Mishiko failed in domino2011-10-20 13:33
In Abkhazia, the VIII Domino World Cup was started. This sport does not apply to top-end and does not attract millions of fans. So far, mostly only the participants knew about domino championships. Now everything can change.
Once the organizers decided to hold a world championship in Abkhazia, information about it really "went around the world". Last night, fireworks lit up the sky over Sukhumi. This way the capital of Abkhazia marked the beginning of VIII Domino World Cup. We can't say that the inhabitants of the country love and play dominoes so much. But this is a global tournament - no matter on what kind of sport - which the republic recieves.
Although there are lots of domino lovers in Abkhazia, and they play well. Fans are playing domino every day on the beach in the famous "brehalovka" till the evening, and friendship does not always wins. Often the daily competitions are ended with loud quarrels.
Nevertheless, the official of the local tax authority Arthur Gabunia managed to create a full professional team, based on a group of fans, which since 2006 has regularly taken participation in international competitions. But championships were held primarily in Latin America, so all those years it really was a matter of national importance to equip the team to participate in competitions at the other end of the world.
Going on a long voyage, the Abkhaz domino players took Circassian coats, papakhas and the national flag. It was the best advertising, through which the domino world has learned what is Abkhazia and where it is.
"When we took the Abkhaz team in our ranks, I had no idea where is this country", said President of the International Domino Federation Lucas Guittard. Now he opens the world championship in Sukhum.
Fireworks completed a series of celebratory events. They were prepared and performed at the highest level. Prior to the opening ceremony of the championship, the participants laid wreaths and flowers to the Memorial of Glory. From there, young people together with the sportmen went to the Philharmonic with flags and signs indicating the member countries.
The ceremony was attended by, we can say "everybody" - from the President Ankvaba to children's dance ensemble "Yayruma", which is very popular in Abkhazia. Local television broadcasted live the opening of the championship on the Internet.