Mongolia’s Sporting Spectacle

July 11th is the most important day in Mongolia’s calendar: it marks the start of the Naadam Games. This is the biggest sporting festival in Central Asia, where wrestlers, archers and horse riders vie to be the overall champion. It is also the one occasion for tribes to come together from all over this vast country to catch up on the gossip, eat, drink and get married. We followed the toddler-horse riders, king-wrestlers and the “five horses of Airag” during this grand social and sporting event for the fiercest nomads in Asia.

Text  Aja Waalwijk