Kyrgyzstan will host an international marathon of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) “Run the Silk Road – 2019”, the press service of the State Agency for Youth Affairs, Physical Culture and Sports of Kyrgyzstan reported on Thursday.

Speaking about major areas of a work plan for the next year, the director of the agency Kanat Amankulov said that in 2019 Kyrgyzstan will chair a SCO summit.

“As part of the chairmanship, a SCO Marathon will be held in Issyk-Kul in May 2019,” he said. Amankulov also said that Kyrgyzstan will also hold a Tourism Development Forum for SCO members in February and a SCO Youth Council in July.

The 3rd International SCO Marathon was held in China last year. It became the most representative and large-scale sporting event in the history of the SCO.

In total, more than 20 thousand people from 52 countries took part in it. Then Kyrgyz athlete Daria Maslova won a bronze medal at the full marathon distance 42.195km.