September 16, 2018

GONNA NEED MORE OOTAH'S:

Horseback Wrestling. Bone Tossing. Dead Goat Polo. Let the Nomad Games Begin! (Neil MacFarquhar, Sept. 15, 2018, NY Times)

CHOLPON-ATA, Kyrgyzstan -- The American team that played a brutal version of polo at the World Nomad Games does not expect the sport to get picked up by the Olympics any time soon.

Why not?

"We use a dead goat," said Scott A. Zimmerman, a team co-captain.

The game of kok-boru, with its headless goat carcass, was the main attraction at the weeklong international sports competition held this month in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.

Other highlights included bone tossing, hunting with eagles and 17 types of wrestling, including bare-chested horseback wrestling, where the weaker competitor often clings desperately to the animal's head as spectators roar in anticipation of him hitting the dirt.

The organizers hope to resurrect nomadic traditions, especially those of Central Asia, whose cultures were pushed toward extinction by decades of Soviet collectivization and then globalization.

Posted by at September 16, 2018 4:19 PM

  

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