The 2nd CIS Games will be held in Belarus from 4 to 14 August 2023. The large-scale sports festival, which will span 11 cities, will bring together more than 6,000 participants: about 4,000 athletes, coaches, referees, medical staff, sports journalists and foreign fans. Thanks to the wide geography, the Games are expected to draw diverse and large audiences.

The CIS Games debuted in 2021 in Kazan, Russian Federation. The maiden edition drew together 1,139 athletes aged 14 to 23 years from nine CIS countries. Team Belarus won 69 medals (8 gold, 32 silver, 29 bronze) and placed fifth in the medal standings.

The 2nd CIS Games will be hosted by 11 cities of Belarus - the capital Minsk, oblast capitals Brest, Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno and Mogilev and also Borisov, Zhlobin, Molodechno, Orsha and Soligorsk.

These cities across Belarus were chosen for a reason: they have the most convenient and unusual infrastructure. For example, in Vitebsk, the Muay Thai events will take place in the famous Summer Amphitheater.

The head of state signed a decree on a number of preferences for the participants and personnel of the Games, including the visa waiver which will be valid from 3 July to 31 August 2023.

Fans - citizens of the CIS countries – will be able to enter Belarus without a visa. Belarus has a 30-day visa-free waiver for foreigners from more than 70 countries, provided that they arrive in the country by air. Visa-free entry is also available for citizens of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, valid until the end of 2023.