National Kökbörü League of Turkestan

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An amateur kökbörü match, out of uniform

Kökbörü is the national sport of Turkestan. It is an equestrian sport akin to Polo but played with a headless goat carcass instead of a ball.

The sport has various names among the several ethnic groups that play it. Kökbörü is its name in InterTurkic and several other Turkic languages. Qazaqs know the sport as Kökpär, Kırğız as Ulaq-Tartış, and Tajiks and citizens of the Moghul Realm know it as Buzkaşı. It is the same sport in each case, however, that has been played in Central Asia since time immemorial.

The National Kökbörü League is the body responsible for organising the sport in Turkestan. The League was first organised in the late 1930s, and with organisation came standards, uniforms, registered teams and schedules. The 1986 on-field death of a player due to a head injury resulted in the still-controversial introduction of padded helmets.

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Kökbörü uniform of Turkestan's national team, the Golden Horde.

Most cities have Kökbörü teams, though not all are nationally-recognised by the League. The League splits the teams into four geographical Divisions for the initial season, then the top three teams in each Division enter the playoffs for the national championship.

The international competition take place every three years, in the year immediately preceding the World Games.

The following is a list of known national-level Kökbörü teams:

Home City Name in Local Language Name in English Colours & Logo
Almalıq Böriler Wolves Red/Grey/White Almaliq Wolves.PNG
Andıjan
Aq-Meşit Dınamo Dynamo
Aqtau Nayza Lance Dark Blue/White
Aşğabat Arslanlar Lions Red/Gold/Dark Blue
Bayqoņır Hujandar Rockets Gold/Red/Black
Bişkek Too-Täkäler Mountain-Goats Blue/Green/White
Boxan
Buxara Bürkütlar Eagles Blue/Gold Buxara Eagles.PNG
Daşoğuz Jehänkärler Warriors
Düşönbö Xoçi Rams Black/White/Gold
Jarqand
Jılal-Abat Kök Tajallar Blue Devils Blue/Black Jilal-Abat Blue Devils.PNG
Karmana
Margılan
Merv Yolbarslar Tigers Orange/Black
Muynaq Avangar Vanguard
Nökis Qorğolar Ravens Black/Crimson
Ajdahalar Dragons Red/Green/Gold
Qarşı
Qaşgar Aralar Wasps Yellow/Black Qashgar Wasps.PNG
Qızıl-Su Tolqunlar Red Waves Red/White/Blue
Qoqand Aybat Force Orange/Blue
Qurğontepe
Samarqand Saltonat Glory White/Gold
Şahrısabz Çuņgari Falcons Maroon/White/Grey
Taraz Şayandar Scorpions Green/Gold Taraz Scorpions.PNG
Taşqand
Tärmäz
Xıva Sultanlar Sultans Purple/Silver
Xoruğ
Yası Sarbaz Army Grey/Green/White

National Champions 1990-Present

Year Team Other Finalist
1990 Jilal-Abat Blue Devils.PNG Jılal-Abat Blue Devils Düşönbö Rams
1991 Aqtau Lance Nökis Ravens
1992 Düşönbö Rams Aq-Meşit Dynamo
1993 Merv Tigers Aşğabat Lions
1994 Bişkek Mountain-Goats Almaliq Wolves.PNG Almalıq Wolves
1995 Oş Dragons Samarqand Glory
1996 Almaliq Wolves.PNG Almalıq Wolves Bişkek Mountain-Goats
1997 Daşoğuz Warriors Bişkek Mountain-Goats
1998 Bişkek Mountain-Goats Taraz Scorpions.PNG Taraz Scorpions
1999 Almaliq Wolves.PNG Almalıq Wolves Aşğabat Lions
2000 Taraz Scorpions.PNG Taraz Scorpions Aq-Meşit Dynamo
2001 Buxara Eagles.PNG Buxara Eagles Taraz Scorpions.PNG Taraz Scorpions
2002 Aşğabat Lions Buxara Eagles.PNG Buxara Eagles
2003 Xıva Sultans Aşğabat Lions
2004 Almaliq Wolves.PNG Almalıq Wolves Buxara Eagles.PNG Buxara Eagles
2005 Almaliq Wolves.PNG Almalıq Wolves Bişkek Mountain-Goats
2006 Buxara Eagles.PNG Buxara Eagles Almaliq Wolves.PNG Almalıq Wolves
2007 Buxara Eagles.PNG Buxara Eagles Qashgar Wasps.PNG Qaşgar Wasps
2008 Almaliq Wolves.PNG Almalıq Wolves Buxara Eagles.PNG Buxara Eagles
2009 Qızıl-Su Red Waves Almaliq Wolves.PNG Almalıq Wolves
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