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Uzbeks Gather For Game Of Kopkari

In Uzbekistan, the national game of "kopkari" is held to celebrate an occasion such as a wedding or the birth of a son. The basic objective is for a rider on horseback to get an animal carcass, a goat or sheep, into a circle or across a finish line. The prize on offer is a measure of the wealth of the game's sponsor.

A horseman sets off to take part in the Uzbek national game "kopkari."
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A horseman sets off to take part in the Uzbek national game "kopkari."

A young horseman is preparing to take part in a game of kopkari.
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A young horseman is preparing to take part in a game of kopkari.

A young Uzbek boy comes to watch the game.
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A young Uzbek boy comes to watch the game.

Uzbek horsemen gather for the game.
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Uzbek horsemen gather for the game.

A sheep carcass must be taken to a marked-out circle.
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A sheep carcass must be taken to a marked-out circle.

With no-holds-barred competition, it takes a strong rider -- and fast horse -- to win the game.
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With no-holds-barred competition, it takes a strong rider -- and fast horse -- to win the game.

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The referee places the carcass and the riders take off from the starting line.
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The referee places the carcass and the riders take off from the starting line.

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