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World Nomad Games 2016: Kyrgyzstan's sporting extravaganza

Published 0907 GMT (1707 HKT) September 14, 2016
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The 2016 World Nomad Games was held near the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in Cholpon-Ata City, Kyrgyzstan. VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Central Asian nation welcomed 2,000 athletes from 40 nations across the world to compete in a range of traditional nomad sports. VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A Kyrgyz berkutchi -- an eagle hunter -- pictured in action in the Salbuurun event, which comprises of three different hunting techniques involving dogs and birds. VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Riders entertained the crowd at the host village near Kyrchyn Gorge. VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Horses are an integral part of Nomad culture and are at the center of the Games. Foreign teams were able to rent animals in order to compete. VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Kok-Boru is a traditional sport where each team has to try to throw a decapitated goat into the opposition's goal to win a point. Games consist of three 20-minute periods. VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images