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Kazakh falconers compete in ancient art of hunting

02-16-2011 09:19 BJT

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Falconers from across Kazakhstan travelled to compete in one of Central Asia's most spectacular sporting contests over the weekend. Kazakhstan claims the sport as a national tradition and organizers say it's becoming increasingly popular among young people.

Thirteen-year old lmas Seitzhan is a third-generation falconer. He comes from a family steeped in the tradition. Apart from him, three other members of his family - his elder brother, father and grand-father - go hunting with birds.

Lmas Seitzhan, Falconer, said, "I like golden eagles very much. I have been training my eagle since I was little. This is a tradition that is handed down from our ancestors."

His grandfather, 70-year-old falconer Seitzhan Kodekov has trained a score of young falconers, and sees this as a way of ensuring the art of falconry will survive.

Seitzhan Kodekov said, "Compared to the past, now we're living in a different time. Thank God, the number of falconers is increasing, because the authorities are paying more attention to this issue."

Falconers from across Kazakhstan travelled to compete in one of Central Asia's
most spectacular sporting contests over the weekend.

In Central Asia falconry has existed for around three thousand years and the art of using birds of prey for hunting has always been a tradition passed down through the generations.

The falconry event, called "Sonar 2011" has been held annually for 14 years now and is organized by the Republican federation of Falcon and the Falconry Centre.

Kazakhstan claims the sport as a national tradition and organizers say it's
becoming increasingly popular among young people.(File photo)

Bagdat Muptekekyzy, Executive Director, Kazakhastan’s Republican Falcon Fed., said, "When we held the contest for the first time we managed to gather only 15 falconers from all over the republic. As you can see today there are around forty of them and many are young, which makes us happy."

The contest brought success to hunters from Taraz southwestern Kazakhstan. The winners were awarded with medals and diplomas from the Kazakh Ministry of Tourism and Sport.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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