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Turkmen Horse Riders at the World Nomad Games

The World Nomad Games—Central Asia’s biggest sporting event

“A sporting event like no other is taking place in Kyrgyzstan this week. The second World Nomad Games has attracted competitors from more than 40 countries, for six days of events in 23 ancient sports unique to Central Asia.” Events include eagle hunting, mas wrestling and horseback archery, where riders shoot at a target while at full gallop.



From the opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games. Contrast this with the opening ceremony at the summer olympics in Rio.


Arrow shooting while riding a galloping horse during the World Nomad Games

“If you think too hard about riding, you miss. If you think too hard about your shooting, you can fall off your horse. It’s very dangerous.”

Photos by Amos Chapple for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty vis PRI The World.

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