The International Games You Don’t Read About

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‘United in Force! United in Spirit!’ From Sept. 3 to 8, Kyrgyzstan held a sporting competition looking to foster relationships and expand knowledge between cultures using the aforementioned slogan. No, it wasn’t the Olympic Games, but the World Nomad Games. Forty countries gathered to participate in 23 different traditional Central Asian sports during the week-long event, with medals available in 16 of the sports.

The purpose of the games was to promote unity and understanding between all people, whether familiar with or new to the games. The television promo for the games stated, “We are all nomads.”

Athletes competed in sports unheard of in the Ursuline community such as Er enish (horseback wrestling), Jereed (equestrian javelin), Toguz (board game) and Kok-boru (horseback competition using a goat to score goals), Buzkashi (wrestling competition over a goat). All competitors participate in traditional dress, and train for years.

The United States sent a small team to the games, and ended up winning two silver and bronze medals. Kyrgyzstan won the greatest number of medals, amassing 79.

Other cultural events included concerts and a scientific conference on ‘Nomadic civilization: Historical Heritage and Modernity.’

The games have only been in existence for two years, the first games also taking place in Kyrgyzstan. The 2018 games are set for Turkey.

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