June 16, 2014 3:09 pm

WATCH: ‘Horseback wrestling’ competition held in Kazakhstan

Athletes from 11 Asian countries saddled up for a horseback wrestling competition on Sunday in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

Thirty-three competitors from 11 Asian countries, including Kazakhstan, China, Kyrghyzstan, Turkey and Afghanistan, participated in the inaugural Horseback Wrestling Asian Champions Cup.

On the competition program were three weight categories: 70 kilogram, 90 kg and 90 kg-and-above.

Wrestlers from host country Kazakhstan swept the titles in all the three categories.

Akat Kuanysh from China managed to take the silver medal in the 70-kilogram category.

Horseback wrestling is believed to have originated in central Asia’s grasslands. Today, it remains a traditional, yet popular sport in the region.

The sport requires both physical strength and good command of the horse. Winning a match requires wrestlers to force their opponents down to the ground.

The competition was organized by Kazakhstan’s Agency for Sports and Physical Training and the Association of National Sports.

Global News

© The Associated Press, 2014

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