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date: 21 July 2019


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
G. Whitney AzoyG. Whitney AZOY

Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan; it is often played as part of multi-day celebrations of weddings and circumcisions. Played on horseback, riders grapple with each other to grab a goat or calf carcass from the ground, and then attempt to keep sole control of the carcass while riding away at full speed. Competition is typically fierce. Riders are sponsored by the horse owners, who frequently are rival khans. Status, honor, and prestige in the community for the sponsor are reliant on the outcome of the game. ...

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