National sports are becoming more and more popular in Kazakhstan. In recent years, they have become independent sport disciplines rather than entertainment. Some of them turned into international sports. Togyz kumalak is ranked second in the world among the intellectual games and is spreading rapidly across countries. Zhekpe zhek, tai zharysy, assyk atu and kokpar became widespread among young people in recent years. National sports competitons were held in Zhualy district in Zhambyl region as part of the project ‘Youth and Religion’ organized by the regional prosecutor’s office.

ZHOMART NAUATOV, DEPUTY PROSECUTOR, ZHUALY DISTRICT:

There were 2 contests before kokpar. The first one is called tolagai. It is a relay. Debates were organized for school students and their teachers. It is planned to organize more than 50 national sports competitions.

MUSTAFA BEKTURGANOV, TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANT:

Our team will become stronger after this tournament. Our main goal is to demonstrate all our skills and reach regional and in the future republican level. We are very happy to participate. Let such events become widespread.

12 teams from 14 districts took part in the competitions. The tournament is held according to the Olympic system, losers are disqualified immediately. The competition is held in 2 times by 15 minutes each. The main prerequisite is a very good horse and contestants’ endurance.

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