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Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in Talks Over Inclusion of Kyrgyz Kok-boru Game in World Nomad Games Program

Bishkek, February 18, 2024, The Europe Today: Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are currently engaged in negotiations to potentially include the traditional Kyrgyz game of Kok-boru in the program of the upcoming V World Nomad Games. The discussions are part of ongoing efforts to showcase the cultural heritage and traditional sports of nomadic communities.

The negotiations gained momentum during a recent visit by a Kyrgyz delegation, led by Federation President Ramis Dzhunusaliev, to Astana on February 14. During the visit, President Dzhunusaliev expressed regret over the exclusion of Kyrgyz Kok-boru from the initial program of the World Nomad Games, emphasizing the cultural significance of the game for the Kyrgyz people.

In response, Kyrgyzstan has expressed its readiness to bring two teams to the World Nomad Games, participating in both Kok-boru and Kokpar. Kok-boru, a traditional nomadic sport resembling polo but played with a goat carcass, holds a special place in Kyrgyz culture.

The Kazakh side has expressed its willingness to engage in a constructive dialogue on this matter, demonstrating a commitment to finding an amicable solution that respects the cultural diversity of nomadic traditions.

To further the discussions, the next round of negotiations is scheduled to take place in Bishkek, where both parties aim to reach an agreement on the inclusion of Kok-boru in the prestigious World Nomad Games program.

The World Nomad Games, scheduled to take place from September 8 to 14 in Astana, present a unique platform for countries with nomadic traditions to come together, celebrate their cultural heritage, and engage in traditional sports that hold deep historical and cultural significance. The potential inclusion of Kyrgyz Kok-boru in the event underscores the importance of preserving and promoting traditional nomadic games on the global stage.