Russia sent cultural delegates to the Arctic Winter Games for the first time in 1990. Since that time it has sent small contingents of athletes and cultural performers to every Games.
Yamal made its first official appearance at the Arctic Winter Games in 2004, when 37 members of the team competed in table tennis, traditional winter sports, Inuit sport events, and cultural activities.
Yamal is one of the subjects (similar to a province or state) within the Russian Federation. Yamal region is Russia’s most important source of natural gas, with more than 90% of Russia’s natural gas being produced there. The region also accounts for 12% of Russia’s oil production.
The flag is a traditional 3 horizontal banded flag, with white, dark blue and red. The team colors are white, blue and red.