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Meerim Momunova wrestles with her fellow Kyrgyz teammate Anara Ryskulova during a performance of a traditional style of wrestling called “Alysh”. Momunova is a champion in Asia and has been competing since 2015, after a background in judo. According to Momunova, one of the advantages of “Alysh” is the ease of the uniform for women – even Muslim women who cover their faces can compete. Momunova holds a degree in sports coaching and hopes to see more women come into this sport. (Photo by Eleanor Moseman/The Guardian)

This year’s World Nomad Games, a celebration of nomadic heritage, took place in the Issyk-Kul province of Kyrgyzstan. Eleanor Moseman photographed female competitors who had travelled from all over central Asia and eastern Europe, and explored the difficulties and challenges they face as competitors. (Photo by Eleanor Moseman/The Guardian)
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20 Sep 2018 00:05:00
A traditional game that earned hollers from the crowd saw a male rider gallop after a young woman, stretching for a kiss. Only a handful of the men managed the risky peck before the young women turned the tables and thundered after the men with whips in hand. (Photo by Amos Chapple/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

A traditional game that earned hollers from the crowd saw a male rider gallop after a young woman, stretching for a kiss. Only a handful of the men managed the risky peck before the young women turned the tables and thundered after the men with whips in hand. (Photo by Amos Chapple/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
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06 Sep 2018 00:01:00
In this photo taken on Sunday, September 4, 2016, a Kyrgyz boy holds a golden eagle during the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. (Photo by Vladimir Voronin/AP Photo)

In this photo taken on Sunday, September 4, 2016, a Kyrgyz boy holds a golden eagle 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. (Photo by Vladimir Voronin/AP Photo)
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07 Sep 2016 10:14:00
Participants wrestle while riding yaks during Kyrgyz national horse games and festival near the Tulpar-Kul in the Chon Alai range, some 3500 metres (11483 feet) above sea level, Osh region, Kyrgyzstan, July 25, 2015. (Photo by Vladimir Pirogov/Reuters)

Participants wrestle while riding yaks during Kyrgyz national horse games and festival near the Tulpar-Kul in the Chon Alai range, some 3500 metres (11483 feet) above sea level, Osh region, Kyrgyzstan, July 25, 2015. (Photo by Vladimir Pirogov/Reuters)
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27 Jul 2015 10:55:00
Cooling-down gold ingot. March 14, 2013; Tien Shan mountains, Kyrgyzstan. (Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)

“I have seen batches of banknotes worth more than $2.6 million, but beyond all doubt, gold bars look much more attractive!”. – Shamil Zhumatov. Photo: Cooling-down gold ingot. March 14, 2013; Tien Shan mountains, Kyrgyzstan. (Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)
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04 May 2013 11:14:00