In Afghanistan, the hottest sport in town is Buzkashi (literally “goat pulling” in Persian). It’s the sport in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat carcass in a goal. It is the national sport of Afghanistan where it is often played on Fridays and matches draw thousands of fans. Traditionally, games could last for several days, but in its more regulated tournament version, it has a limited match time. During the rule of the Taliban regime, buzkashi was banned in Afghanistan, as the Taliban considered the game immoral ( I suppose they would rather have used the body of an infidel). After the Taliban regime was ousted, the game resumed being played.
Pre-game, a goat is led out to the middle of the grounds for the players to inspect.
Some pick it up before nodding their approval.
It is taken away, later returning as a headless, disemboweled carcass and is placed in a circle in the center of the field.
This body is the prize the horseman will jostle over in the game, made up of a series of rounds in which they aim to throw it back into the circle.