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2GIS: World Nomad Games Guide

2GIS: World Nomad Games Guide

The original guide by Russian local search company 2GIS.kg was published in Russian here. Translated by Aidai Chekirova.

September 2–8 | 80 member countries | 3 000 athletes | 37 ethnic sports

Nomadic world is hundreds of people with unique culture. Historically it were nomads, who used to spread knowledge around the world. First launched in the Kyrgyz Republic, the World Nomad Games aim to restore and preserve culture and traditions of nomadic people in the era of globalization. The first World Nomad Games took place in 2014: athletes from 19 countries competed in 10 ethnic sports. Second WNG were larger: 26 sports and participants from 62 countries, visitors from 60 countries, and 650 journalists. Third World Nomad Games are competitions among riders, archers, wrestlers, eagle and taigan hunters. They also are an international ethnic cultural festival called "Universe of Nomads" with ethnic dances and songs, a storytelling of epics of the world and a national costumes fair.

 

World Nomad Games were launched back in 2014. The current World Nomad Games are the third. One of the venues for the event is Kyrchyn Gorge: a large plateau surrounded by mountains. Competition among archers, and hunters with taigans, eagles and falcons  and ethnic cultural 'Universe of Nomads' festival will take place here. The other part of the ethnic cultural festival program will be in the 'Nomad' amphitheater.

Ordo Game

September 3-6

Ordo (literally translates as 'khan's base') is a two-sided team national game that exists only in the Kyrgyz Republic. Players should knock out of the circle the maximum amount of 'alchiks' (dice).


Dalba

September 3-4

Falcons compete in speed and attacking the bait. Each 'kushchu' (hawker) is given 3 minutes to test his bird. Kushchu spins the bait on the rope, the hawk takes off and attacks it from the air. The judges count how many times the bird attacked it.


Burkut saluu

September 3-4

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In this competition, participants test their eagles with two types of exercises:

Undok — when an eagle is seated at a distance of 200 m from the berkutchi, and then he calls the bird. The judges count the arrival time.

Chyrga — eagle must grab a fake cast of fox, which is carried by a rider. Judges count the time and speed of the flight.


Taigan Zharysh

September 3-4

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Taigans chase fake fox or hare skin. Judges count the time, in which dogs reach the finish line. Three dogs participate in each race.
 


The Art of the Storytelling

September 3-6

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Competition in storytelling — one of the oldest arts.


Ethnic Top Chart

September 3-6

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Live folk and contemporary music of the participating countries.


Ethnic Bazaar

September 3-6

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Workshops of craftsmen and a fair, where you can buy their works.


Ethnic Home

September 3-6

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There will be a real city of nomads in Kyrchyn: yurts, tents and other temporary housing of different nations.


Ethnic Fashion

September 3-6

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Exhibition-fair of national costumes of nomadic peoples.


Ethnic Dance

September 3-6

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Demonstration of both solo and group national dances.


Demonstration Games

September 3-6

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Each participating country can present its national sports and folk games out of the competition.


Archery (South Korea)

September 4-5

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There will be several competitions on national archery (according to the rules, bows should be made exclusively of natural materials). In gungdo, national Korean archery, archers shoot from a distance of 145 meters at three targets, each about 2 meters wide. Each athlete releases 15 arrows, each arrow must be released within 30 seconds.


Marksmanship (Turkey)

September 4-5

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Archers are shooting at stationary targets. The winner is determined by the number of points scored.



Marksmanship (Kyrgyz Republic)

September 5-6

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Athletes shoot arrows from different positions: 'tikesinen atuu' — a classic position facing a target, 'kairylyp atu' — turning from a classic position, 'tizelep atuu' — standing on one knee facing a target. The target is at a distance of 30-40 meters.


Mounted Archery

September 5-6

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Archers hit three targets while riding from horseback. A first target is in front of a rider, a second is on the side, and to hit a third target archers must shoot turning back. According to the rules, athletes compete in national clothes and on bareback horses.


Flight Shooting

September 6

Athletes can shoot from different positions: either standing, on one knee, or kneeling. Arrows in this discipline can reach hundreds of meters.


Great Competition of Nomads

September 6

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The competition is held in two disciplines: running with a sheep on the shoulders and horse racing.


Children's Ethnic Games

September 3-6

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Children and adults can take part in children's ethno games. There are 25 games to choose from. Free entrance!


World Nomads Cuisine

September 3-6

'World Nomads Cuisine' festival is a contest among the best chefs from the countries united by a nomadic civilization — they will compete in cooking the dishes from the nomads' diet with a modern twist.

 

Huge hippodrome for 10 thousand visitors is located on the shore of a lake. The opening and closing ceremonies of the third World Nomad Games will take place here as well as competitions in national wrestling, horse racing and horse sports.

Septermber 2 — opening ceremony.

Septermber 8 — closing ceremony.


Kok-Boru Game

September 3-7

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Horse sport, which is popular among Kyrgyz, Altai, Bashkirs, Kazakhs and others Asian nations. The game is played on a 200x700-meter field. Two teams of riders seek to capture a goat carcass and to throw it in the opponent's kazan maximum amount of times. Writer Chingiz Aitmatov once compared this game with equestrian football with a goat carcass instead of a ball.


Endurance Riding

September 4

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It is a relatively young sports discipline. In a long-distance-race not only the best race time is accounted, but also maintaining animal'snormal physiological parameters (heart rate, absence of dehydration and etc.).


'Er Enish' Competition

September 6-7

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In this competition there are two horse-riding wrestlers stripped to the waist, each with a whip in hand. To win one drag down an opponent off his horse, so that the other athlete touches the ground with any part of the body.


Flat Racing

September 7

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Flat racing is horse racing without barriers, on a flat surface. The winner is the one, who comes first. 
 


Kunan Chabysh

September 7

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Race horses of two-year-old horses to a distance of 11 km. The winner is the one, who comes first. 
 


Byshty Gorgo

September 7

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Byshty Georges

Pacing race of three-year-old horses to a distance of 6 km. The winner is the one, who comes first. 


At Chabysh

September 8

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Horse race with horses of all ages to a long (22-kilometer) distance. The winner is the one, who comes first.


Zhorgo Salysh

September 8

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Pacing race to a distance of 11 km. The winner is the one, who comes first.

 

12 national wrestling competitions will take place at Gazprom Fitness and Health Centre, a three-floored complex of over 5,000 square meters. 

Great Nomad Wrestling

September 8

Great nomad wrestling is a united belt wrestling of nomads. The rules are as simple as possible and intervention of judges is minimal. There is only one rule: in order to win you must throw the opponent to the ground, there are no points at all. Weight category of the wrestlers is also not taken into account (open weight class).


Ssirym

September 4

Korean national wrestling. Opponents start kneeling, then they enter into a mutual hold: right hand takes the waist belt, and left — the belt loop on the right thigh. To win one must force the opponent to touch the ground with any part of the body above the knee.


Mongolian Boh

September 3

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Mongolian wrestling allows holds, jerks, pushes to unbalance an opponent, throws, including with the use of legs, and reaps. In order to win one needs to make the opponent touch the ground with any part of the body from the knee and above.


Sumo

September 5

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In the famous Japanese wrestling the winner is the one, who is able to push one's opponent out of the arena or make him touch the ground with any part of the body other than feet.


Armwrestling

September 2

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Athletes compete standing at a special table. Their elbows are on the pads. The winner is the first to press the opponent’s hand to the pad. 


Kurash

September 2

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Turkic nations organized Kurash competitions at wedding and other celebrations for ages. Two opponents wrestle while standing on the mat and the judges assess throws. The winner is determined by points.


Alysh

September 3

Belt wrestling is one of the oldest sports. Alysh is its Kyrgyz type. Athletes wrestle holding each other by the belt all the time. The wrestling takes place only in a standing position. The winner has to throw his opponent down on his back without releasing his belt.


Goresh

September 4

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Turkmen national wrestling with holding belts. A wrestler wins if manage to force the opponent to touch the ground with any part of the body except his feet three times. Reaps are allowed.


Kazakh kuresy

September 4

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One of the oldest Kazakh sports. Holding legs with arms is prohibited, everything above the waist are allowed. The goal is to to throw the opponent on his back.


Pahlavani

September 4

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Ancient wrestling freestyle, which was practiced by the Persians 6 000 years ago already.
 


Kyrgyz Kourosh

September 5

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Athletes stand opposite to each other on a special carpet and hold each others belts with both hands. The winner has to throw the opponent on his back.
 


Ashyrtmaly Aba Gureshi

September 5

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Turkish wrestling with any holds of the opponent's body and clothes. To win you have to throw your opponent on his back or to make him touch the ground with his stomach.


Sambo

September 6

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Sambo (short for 'self-defense without weapons'), a Soviet type of combat sports invented in the 1930s for national security services and police. In Sambo one wins with an effective throw or a submission hold.


Giulesh

September 7

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Azerbaijani national wrestling. Holds are of the body, legs, waist and any part of trousers. In order win one has to press the opponent flat on his back to the mat.


Gushtini Milli Kamarbandi

September 7

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Tajik type of belt wrestling. Athletes start facing each other with holding the belts of each other, hands on the back of the opponent. Victory goes to the wrestler, who pulls the opponent from the carpet and throws his on his back falling together with him.


Mas-wrestling

September 8

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In this Yakut national sport, opponents sit opposite to each other holding their feet againt the board and take the stick with both hands. To win one needs to pull out the stick from the hands of his opponent or to pull him over to one's side.

 

Amphitheater in a nomadic style is located on the shore of the Issyk-Kul lake. So that visitors can make themselves comfortable on warm sand. There will be 'Univesre of Nomads' international ethnic cultural festival here.

The Art of the Storytelling

September 4-7

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Competition in storytelling — one of the oldest arts.


Ethnic Top Chart

September 4-7

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Participants will perform both traditional music and modern top chart songs of their country. 


Ethnic Dance

September 4-7

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Demonstration of both solo and group national dances.


Etnic Fashion

September 4-7

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Exhibition-fair of national costumes of nomadic nations.

For detailed schedule with exact times please download the official program here.

Photos source: 2gis.kg

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