Absolutely, bring it on, via The Independent:
A sport best described as “mounted goat rugby from hell” could soon be transported from northern Afghanistan’s dusty plains to the green turf of Twickenham, or even New York’s Yankee Stadium, if enthusiasts have their way.
Buzkashi, a game supposedly devised by Genghis Khan, pits men and horses against each other in a ferocious struggle for possession of a headless goat. Now the director of buzkashi at Afghanistan’s Olympic committee thinks it is time to unleash this spectacle on the world.
Unfortunately, we’d probably mess it up with our Western imperialist political correctness which disrespects native cultural rituals:
How easy it will be to export buzkashi to countries with vocal animal rights lobbies is something Mr Rashid is grudgingly aware off. A previous experiment to stage a match in the US foundered when his American partners began introducing changes to make the game more palatable.
According to Mr Rashid, the Americans training as chapandazan said: “We should not have a real goat, we need a false one.” They said there should be no whips because that was cruel. The problem was “then it was not the real game”, Mr Rashid sighed.
I’d pay a lot to see Obama throw out the first headless goat carcass, while wearing his Chicago White Sox cap, of course.
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