AP PHOTOS: Kyrgyzstan revives traditions in Nomad Games

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, a women releases an arrow during an archery competition during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata,

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, a women releases an arrow during an archery competition during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata,

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, a Kyrgyz boy holds a golden eagle for an eagle hunt during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, a Kyrgyz boy holds a golden eagle for an eagle hunt during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, horse riders compete for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh match between France an

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, horse riders compete for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh match between France an

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, a Kazakh horse rider competes for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh match between

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, a Kazakh horse rider competes for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh match between

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, horse riders compete for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh match between Russia an

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, horse riders compete for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh match between Russia an

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, a Kazakh horse rider falls down while competing for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tart

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, a Kazakh horse rider falls down while competing for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tart

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, horse riders compete for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh match between France an

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, horse riders compete for the goat during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh match between France an

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, Kyrgyz women wearing traditional Kyrgyz clothes and headdresses called "elechek" attend the Third Nomad

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, Kyrgyz women wearing traditional Kyrgyz clothes and headdresses called "elechek" attend the Third Nomad

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, Kyrgyz women wearing traditional Kyrgyz clothes and headdresses called "elechek" attend the Third Nomad

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, Kyrgyz women wearing traditional Kyrgyz clothes and headdresses called "elechek" attend the Third Nomad

In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, Kyrgyz women cook traditional food, during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250 kilometers (156 mi

In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, Kyrgyz women cook traditional food, during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250 kilometers (156 mi

In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, participants take part in a horse-riding competition during the Third World Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata,

In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, participants take part in a horse-riding competition during the Third World Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata,

In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, participants take part in a horse-riding competition, during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250

In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, participants take part in a horse-riding competition, during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, participants hold golden eagles for an eagle hunt, during the Third World Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata,

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, participants hold golden eagles for an eagle hunt, during the Third World Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata,

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, a participant holds a golden eagles for an eagle hunt during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 25

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, a participant holds a golden eagles for an eagle hunt during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 25

In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, family members cook traditional food, during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250 kilometers (15

In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, family members cook traditional food, during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250 kilometers (15

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, a Kyrgyz woman, a participant of a horse-riding competition poses for a photo during the Third Nomad G

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, a Kyrgyz woman, a participant of a horse-riding competition poses for a photo during the Third Nomad G

In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, participants in traditional Kyrgyz costumes walk during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250 kil

In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, participants in traditional Kyrgyz costumes walk during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 250 kil

CHOLPON-ATA, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan has held its biennial Nomad Games which promote and celebrate the traditional sports of nomadic peoples.

The first Nomad Games were held in this former Soviet republic in 2014 and have since won UNESCO patronage and now attract competitors from more than 80 countries.

The week-long competition, which is held in a gorge near the picturesque Lake Issyk-Kul, features traditional sports of nomadic peoples such as horseback wrestling and goat polo (played with a dead goat).

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan hope that the Nomad Games will help bring to life the ancient traditions of its people, which have been fading over the past century.

Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov said at the Games' opening that the competition is a chance to "receive the spiritual energy" from the country's past and revive traditions of "people's diplomacy" which helped to preserve peace and understanding among nations in the past.