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Kopkari, Uzbekistan

“He is fine horseman,” my self-appointed commentator says, squatting next to me on the shingle bank of a dried up river bed. Dressed in the traditional Uzbek four pointed… 495 more words


Crazy? It's all about perspectives.

Yesterday’s New York Times article called it “A most dangerous game” – Calcio Storico, a centuries-old competition in Florence with very few rules and the sort of human wreckage generally associated with gladiators.  295 more words


Forget Playing with Pigskin; This Sport Really Gets Your Goat

If basketball or hockey isn’t your thing, consider taking up the sport of buzkashi. Originating with the Turks and Mongols sometime between the 10th and 15th centuries, its name means “goat dragging.” The name describes it well. 225 more words


For honor, glory and carpets

Buzkashi, which literally translates to “goat dragging” in Persian, is one of the craziest sports of the ancient world. It is still widely played across Central Asia today. 448 more words


Eagle Fest (Part 4): The Main Event, Day 2

And on the second day….

….we returned.

The morning starts off with a display of each eagle’s hunting prowess. Don’t worry, ladies and gentlemen, there are no real animals harmed during the execution of this event. 1,058 more words


Rugby union is a relatively minor sport in Afghanistan, but is increasing in popularity. Rugby was introduced to Afghans by Asad Ziar who is called the father or the founder of rugby in Afghanistan. 335 more words

Afghan Rugby

The Year of the (dead) Goat: astrology and inner Asian sports

Chinese Astrology follows a twelve-year cycle of animals who represent the character of the year ahead, and may have an influence over individuals, based on their own astrological animal, (and all kinds of other factors).  507 more words