Uzbekistan will host the first Kok-boru World Championship in 2019. The decision was taken during the talks between the leadership of the Kok-boru Federation of Kyrgyzstan and the officials of the Uzbek Ministry of Sports in Issyk-Kul Saturday.
"It is not yet clear which city will host the World Championship and at which dates, while it is known that the tournament will be held according to the Kok-boru rules with taikazans," the federation president Jyrgalbek Samatov told AKIpress.
Earlier at the III World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, the Uzbekistan team won silver in the Kok-boru discipline defeating Kazakhstan in the semi-final, but then lost to the hosts in the final.
Kok-boru is the Kyrgyz version of a Central Asian sport in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat or calf carcass in a goal. Similar games are known as buzkashi, kupkar and ulak tartysh, in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and gökbörü in Turkey, where it is played mainly by communities originally from Central Asia.