Scenes from the 2016 World Nomad Games hosted in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The World Nomad Games brings athletes from various countries, primarily from the Central Asian region and Russia, to participate in sports native to the Eurasian Steppe. The Eurasian Steppe was home to various nomadic peoples particularly the Iranic-speaking Scythians and Sarmatians, who were a source of fear for the ancient Greeks due to their warriorlike nature and great horse-riding skills; including their mastery of horseback archery. Both groups are believed to have originated in the Eurasian Steppes, but their settlements ranged from China to Poland, and because of this they greatly impacted the genetic pool and cultures of a number of different groups in Eastern Europe and Central Asia such as the people of the Caucasus, Slavs, Turkic people, and other modern Iranic people. The Sarmatians in particular were famed by Greek historians for their female warriors and rulers that inspired the stories of the Amazons.
You’re telling em we’ve been watching people swim back and forth across a pool in the olympics when these guys have foot archery and horseriding on fire?
They’re doing fucking GYMNASTICS on a horse, holy shit…
The horseback gymnastics doesn’t even make the top 5 in terms of hardcore shit that happens at the nomad games. Seriously check this shit out:
Salburun - A sport combining falconry, mounted archery, and taigan dog assisted hunting.
Oodyarsh - Horseback wrestling, both armed and unarmed
Er Enish - a high speed mounted sport similar to jousting, but unarmed and unarmored
Buzkashi - a mounted sport similar to polo where instead of a ball, the game uses a goat carcas stuffed with sawdust. In some variations the players also carry whips.
Mas Wrestling - A form of wrestling in which two competitors attempt to wrest a spear from the others hands.