Tajikistan is a landlocked country mostly made of mountains located in the Central Asian region. Tajikistan was once part of the Soviet Union, and did not compete in world sport under its own name until the 1990s.
Traditionally, Tajikistan is one of the Central Asian countries that play buzkashi. Buzkashi or kokpar literally means "goat dragging" in the Persian language. They still practice this traditional sport around November all the way to April.
Tajikistan offers a great opportunity for mountain-centric activities like mountain biking, hill climbing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain climbing, skiing and snowboarding. Other than taking advantage of the great peaks available in the country, people in Tajikistan also love other sports primarily football. The Tajikistan national football team is a member of FIFA and AFC. Their first-ever international win came in 2006 after beating Sri Lanka (4-0) in the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup.
Cricket popularity has also grown considerably since its introduction and the formation of the Tajikistan Cricket Federation in 2012. It became an affiliate member of the Asian Cricket Council the very same year.
Rugby union is also slowly getting recognized and gaining popularity. Despite its relative seclusion from the international sporting stage, Tajikistan does have quite a number of Olympic medalists like wrestler Yusup Abdusalomov and judoka Rasul Boqiev who took the silver and bronze respectively in Beijing (2008) and boxer Mavzuna Chorieva who won bronze in London (2012)
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Popular sports of Tajikistan
- Football (Soccer), cricket, rugby union, skiing