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A player puts on his boots before a match near Dushanbe.
A buzkashi player tries to escape from a rival at a match in Tezgar, near Dushanbe.
An assistant buzkashi player in training at a match in Tezgar, near Dushanbe. As Tajikistan modernizes and young people increasingly move to Russia and elsewhere to work due to the lack of jobs in-country, the future of buzkashi is unclear.
Young spectators view a horde of buzkashi horses from a nearby hill in Dangara, southern Tajikistan.
A buzkashi player tapes up his fingers to ward off cold and blows from other players' whips during a winter match near Hissor, western Tajikistan.
A new goat is handed off during a match in Jirganak, western Tajikistan, after the earlier goat is too destroyed to continue with.
Spectators rally around a snowy buzkashi field. The truck in the foreground is both the prize truck, the announcer's truck and the holding pen for goats (buz) for the game.
Assistants to master buzkashi players exercise their horses in the fog near Jirganak, western Tajikistan.
A buzkashi rider wearing a USSR jersey takes a break during a foggy match.
Players set up the goal posts for a buzkashi game in a winter fog at Jirganak, Tajikistan.
A buzkashi player relaxes his horse between buzkashi rounds in Nojibolo, Tajikistan.
Using carpets won by the horseback riders, buzkashi fans near Hissor set aside time for afternoon prayers.
Young buzkashi players taking a break from a muddy match in Nojibolo, western Tajikistan.
Buzkashi players fight for possession for the buz during a muddy match in Nojibolo, western Tajikistan.
Too slow to jump to a retreat with the rest of the audience, an old man is lost in the dust of a horde of buzkashi horses.
Nasriddin Hissor, 5-time Soviet buzkashi champion, rides out of the fray with the buz. Unlike many other sports, senior players with the most experience are often the best and most respected players
Players battle for possession of a goat carcass in a Buzkashi scrimmage in Novobod, Western Tajikistan.
Audience members watching a match near Korgan-Teppe, Tajikistan, with the bikes they used to get to the buzkashi field from nearby farming villages.
Khurshed's brother, Suhrob, exercises his horses in the mountains near Dushanbe.
Young woman surfing at Jericoacoara, Ceará, Brazil.
Germany, Hamburg, 19.09.2010, Bundesliga Derby FC St. Pauli vs. HSV at the Millerntor Stadion, St. Pauli Fans are singing before the match: "Welcome to Hell"
Two fans of the second Bundesliga club FC St. Pauli celebrate the 100th birthday of the club at Millerntor Stadion on May 29, 2010.
The club, Akhara Guru Gaya Seth, has around 150 members. Most of these train twice a day; early morning and late afternoon. A good part of the physical training consists of push-ups and rope climbing, and while dumbbells are used it is mainly their bodies they use as ballast. The actual wrestling is performed within a square approximately 4x4 meters in size.