Saturday November 28, 2020

A sport that gets the goat

Horsing around with a dead goat - what's not to love about buzkashi, the wildly-popular sport of the Central Asian steppes, asks Jasper Winn.

29th June, 2014
Buzkashi: horsemanship, martial valor, agility and the strength needed to lift a weighty goat carcass.

There are some strange sports and activities in the world, most of them seemingly invented by combining two unlikely activities. There's archery-golf, using bows and arrows rather than clubs and balls to get round the greens, and the one-risk-isn't-enough fun of cave diving. And how about hockey crossed with kendo, as someone once described hurling?

So mixing polo with rugby makes some kind of sense, bringing all the speed, power and cavalry moves of the...

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