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Goat polo, stick-wrestling, bone-throwing at nomad Olympics

  • In this photo taken on photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, a Kyrgyz woman in traditional outfit displays traditional work rafts during the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

    In this photo taken on photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, a Kyrgyz woman in traditional outfit displays traditional work rafts during the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, U.S. actor Steven Seagal rides a horse during the opening ceremony of the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

    In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, U.S. actor Steven Seagal rides a horse during the opening ceremony of the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, participants perform during an opening ceremony of the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

    In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, participants perform during an opening ceremony of the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)  (The Associated Press)

Olympic Games, stand aside: the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan is hosting the World Nomad Games, a competition where polo players ditch their mallets and try to catch a dead goat instead.

The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong.

The World Nomad Games features such unorthodox sports disciplines as eagle hunting and bone throwing. Arguably the highlight of the games is the horse-riding competition, called Kok-boru, which dates back to when men used to hunt wolves that preyed on their livestock. Fierce competition is also expected in "stick wrestling," an event in which two competitors try to gain control of a small stick.