Mongolia’s first cosmonaut Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa headed the organizational committee of «The Cup of Two Lakes» bandy tournament

"The Cup of Two Lakes" bandy tournament was dedicated to the 42nd anniversary of the Soviet-Mongolian flight into space. The organizational committee of "The Cup of Two Lakes" bandy tournament was headed by the first cosmonaut of Mongolia, Hero of the USSR Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa.

As it was previously mentioned, "The Cup of Two Lakes" is held within the framework of the Student Ball Hockey League registered at INRTU in December 2021. The aim of the league is to promote the sport in Russia and at the international level.

Hockey players fr om Mongolia, the Republic of Buryatia and Irkutsk Polytechnic University will participate in the competition. The games will be organized on Lake Baikal (Bolshoye Goloustnoye) on March 30 and Khuvsgul (Khankh, Mongolia) on April 4. The event will be held in two stages in a round robin format wh ere the teams will play each other.

Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa, Chairman of the Russian-Mongolian Friendship Society and former president of the Ball Hockey Federation of Mongolia, was one of the first to support «The Cup of Two Lakes» tournament.

The tournament is dedicated to the next anniversary of the Soviet-Mongolian flight into space. Fr om March 22 to 30, the Mongolian cosmonaut Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa and the USSR pilot-cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov flew aboard Soyuz-39 and spent 7 days, 20 hours, 42 minutes and 3 seconds in orbit.

According to Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa,

"The Cup of Two Lakes" is an excellent sports initiative that will strengthen the friendship between our nations. Ball hockey is a very popular sport in Mongolia nowadays. The national team takes part at international tournaments, including world championships, wh ere it shows good results. The dates of the tournament coincide with the time I spent in space. This event is important for all Mongolian people. I will be happy to meet a memorable anniversary for me on skates surrounded by Russian-Mongolian teams."

Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Hero of the Soviet Union, Major General of Aviation, Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR, will not be able to take part in the "The Cup of Two Lakes" in person, but will greet the tournament participants by video link.

During his career, Vladimir Dzhanibekov spent 145 days, 15 hours, 58 minutes and 35 seconds in space. In addition, Vladimir Dzhanibekov noticed a physical phenomenon during the rescue of the coldest station Salyut-7 on June 25, 1985. Later, this phenomenon was called "Dzhanibekov effect".

Vladimir Dzhanibekov conducted a series of experiments related to the behavior of the wing nut in weightlessness. The item rotated, suddenly turned 180 degrees, and then repeated the route in equal time intervals. This effect occurs when the axis of rotation is different from the main axis of the object. The experiment can be performed with any object that has three moments of inertia, for example, a tennis racket.