The World Nomad Games: a wilder, Central Asian version of the Olympics!

The second World Nomad Games were held from 3-8 september in Cholpon-Ata, on the shores of Lake Issyk-Köl in Kyrgyzstan. With more than 2000 participants from 40 different countries, the events took place in two different locations: at the Hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata and in the ethno-village of Kyrchyn where more than 200 Yurts were set up to host all participants.

One week of traditional sports, games and ceremonies. No matter where you look, there is always something amazing going on. Flaming horsemen, hunting with eagles and dogs, a game of Kok-Boru (polo with the headless carcass of a goat) or Er Enish (traditional horseback wrestling). The World Nomad Games are a wilder, Central Asian version of the Olympics!

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