Kazakhstan: Kokpar

It's variously alled buzkashi some places, ulak in others, and “goat polo” to foreigners grasping to understand the sport. In southern Kazakhstan, they call this sport, which involves teams on horseback trying to get a goat carcass into goal or across a goal line, “kokpar.” Michael Hancock describes a match

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