World Kokpar Championship Kicks Off in Astana


Within the framework of the international specialized Exhibition Expo 2017 the World Kokpar Championship started in Astana. 

Athletes from nations such as the U.S., Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Hungary, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Turkey are competing  for the First World Kokpar Cup.

On the first day of the championship, in Group A the national team of Tajikistan defeated Uzbekistan's team, while Turkey's athletes celebrated a victory over the U.S team. In Group B the national kokpar team of Kazakhstan gained a victory over the Afghan team, whereas the Kyrgyz team defeated the Mongolian team. On August 28, 2017 we will know the owners of the First World Kokpar Cup.

Kokpar it is a Central Asian folk culture, especially Turkic community’s traditional sport played on horse. According to the rule the two teams on horseback fighting for the body of a dead goat, and the winner is the one who took the body to the appointed place. The body is thrown into the middle of the field, where beforehand was erected a flag and the game begins. Dynamic, decisive actions, heroic manners of sport players make beautiful effect for people to watch. Those who are best kept in the saddle, was the strongest of all, was bolder, had more agile eventually triumphs.

In Central Asia, "kökpar" is also associated with the word "kök bori". This is due to the fact that some people see something in common between wolf packs fighting for the extraction and the national game, and assume that the game took place precisely on this.


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Осман Нури Асанович Акчокраклы
Түркітанушы, ақын