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Amazing Siberian Polo!

This ancient game of nomads has been likened to a cross between horse racing and polo, while others see it as 'a hybrid of rugby and a Texas rodeo'. While in polo - known as the Sport of Kings - the aim is to score with a ball in the opposing team's goal, in Kok Boru the teams score by getting a headless goat's carcass into the goal.ÊThe game is played around Central Asia but its popularity in certain parts of Russia is not always realised.ÊOur pictures are from Altai in southern Siberia where Kok Boru is seen as a sign of strength and spirit by local people. Kok Boru translates literally as the 'grey wolf'. The legend says its derivation is from hunting nomads who used to compete to see who would be the first to reach the village with the killed prey.

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The Siberian Polo

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18/11/2013

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