I knew I was in for something special within minutes of attending the World Nomad Games And that was before the headless goats, or the warm yak’s milk……
I’ll get back to the headless goats and the yak’s milk, but first a bit about the World Nomad Games, because if you’re like me, you haven’t heard of them.
What Exactly Are the World Nomad Games?
The official mission of the World Nomad Games is to: revive and preserve revival the historical cultural heritage of the nomadic people’s civilization of the world.
I’d say that’s pretty spot on. After attending the cultural and sporting events, I realized how little I knew about nomadic culture. Four dates later, I left with my eyes open to a whole new world.
The games have four different themes: martial arts and wrestling, horse racing and events, cultural events and intellectual games.
Are the World Nomad Games Similar to the Olympics?
The sporting results appear to be similar to the Olympics on the surface. Athletes come from across the world to compete for their countries. In 2016, a whooping 1200 participants came from 40 different countries. Not bad, considering that this was only the second time the event was held!
But a quick look at the event schedule and you quickly realize that unlike the Olympics, you’ll hardly recognize any of the events. Mas-wrestling? Kok-boru? Yurt judging? And that’s exactly what makes the World Nomadic Games so special.