American cowboys play kokpar
American cowboys will compete for victory with teams from 11 different countries at the kokpar championship in Astana. As part of EXPO 2017 an unusual tournament gathered more than 200 athletes from the USA, Turkey, China, Russia, Uzbekistan and other countries. Within eight days, the teams will prove who fit a title of a champion. A winner of the tournament will be granted 10 million tenge.
ILSIYAR KANAGATOV, CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE FOR SPORTS AND PHYSICAL TRAINING:
- Kazakhstan and the USA always maintain good relations in the cultural and sports areas. It's no secret that the American sports teams always come out victorious. We are glad that you pay attention and support Kazakh national sports games, such as kokpar.
This year the kokpar championship can be called not only spectacular, but also to some extent exotic. For the first time, real American cowboys take part in the game.
CREED GARNICK, CAPTAIN OF AMERICAN COWBOYS TEAM:
- I’m very glad that you have accepted us as the youngest son of this game. We expect our older brothers to tease us and bully us a bit but also all in the spirit of sport and to teach us this game and we are honored to be able to come in as underdog, as a younger brother and learn such a beautiful game in a country where a horse is an ancient cultural pass time or brotherhood in kinship between these animals and human.
According to the American cowboys, they really assess their chances in the championship. Therefore, they don’t pretend to the main prize. Their arrival in Kazakhstan is a manifestation of interest as well as a tribute to horses and the art of riding.