Military Sports, Technical

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Military Sports, Technical


the collective name for sports that combine the overall physical and technical training of sportsmen and have a definite military application. These technical military sports include model airplanes, motoring, model automobiles, helicoptering, motor boating, motorcycling, parachuting, gliding, skin diving, radio operation, flying, shooting, model boats, military-applied and naval combined events, and motor ball (motorcycle soccer).

Technical military sports were developed rapidly in the USSR in the 1950’s, and since 1958 all-Union games for these events have been held (over 20 million people participated in the fifth games, of 1970). In the late 1950’s and early 1%0’s, all-Union federations on technical military sports were formed; since 1963 these have been united under the Bureau of Sports Federations of the All-Union Voluntary Society for Aid to the Army, Air Force, and Navy (DOSAAF) of the USSR. The all-Union federations for aviation, motoring, motorcycling, skin diving, motor boating, model boats, and radio operation are members of the corresponding international sports organizations. In 1970 more than 13 million per-sons participated in the sports sections and collectives of DOSAAF.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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