World Nomad Games

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World Nomad Games athlete and falcon

World Nomad Games (Kyrgyz: Дүйнөлүк көчмөндөр оюндары) are an international sport competition dedicated to ethnic sports practiced in Central Asia. The countries taking part in those games are the former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Russia (especially Sakha, Buryatia, Altay, Kalmykia, Bashkortostan republics, etc.) as well as other countries like Mongolia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Philippines[1] and the United States.[2] The first three World Nomad Games were held in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan; however, Turkey has been announced as the host of the fourth games.

Sports and disciplines[edit]

A cultural program[edit]

2016 nomadic village

The Games are surrounded by a cultural and ethnical program. During the first edition of the Games, a yurt village was installed, and cultural events not linked with the Games' disciplines occurred, as well as other entertaining activities.

List of Nomad Games[edit]

Number Year Host Country Host City Sports
1 2014  Kyrgyzstan Cholpon-Ata 10 + 4
2 2016  Kyrgyzstan Cholpon-Ata 23
3 2018  Kyrgyzstan Cholpon-Ata 37
4 2020*  Turkey Bursa [4]
5 2022  Azerbaijan TBC
  • Event delayed until 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic[5]


  1. ^ "PH's lone rep in World Nomad Games fights for growth of 'sungka'". Inquirer.
  2. ^ "Big in Kyrgyzstan: The World Nomad Games". The Atlantic.
  3. ^ "Kazakhstan Wins First Asian Kokpar Championship". The Astana Times.
  4. ^ "UPDATE 1/12/2019: World Nomad Games to be held in Bursa". Tot hier en verder.
  5. ^ "UPDATE 07/09/2020: World Nomad Games Moved To 2021 Due To Pandemic". Radio Free Europe.

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