Chovgan: Azerbaijan's ancient polo

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Chovgan is an ancient equestrian game which is still played in Azerbaijan. A forerunner to polo, it involves 2 teams of 5 players in national dress riding Karabakh horses who compete to knock a small leather ball through the opposition’s 3-metre-wide goalposts. A national competition takes place in Azerbaijan each year with teams from different regions. The sport is inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

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