By Amina Nazarli
The "Bina" Equestrian Center of the Azerbaijani Equestrian Federation hosted an awarding of the Presidential Cup on the national equestrian game -- Chovgan.
The teams Polad, Sarhadchi, Kohlan, Karabakh and Dilbaz competed for the best title. The prize fund was 50,000 manats.
The final match was held between Polad and Sarhadchi teams, while the latter claimed victory with a score of 1:0.
Chovgan game is the original form of the polo sporting game that dates back thousands of years. It is still played in Azerbaijan.
It has been very popular for centuries both in Azerbaijan and Central Asia. Fragments of the game were portrayed from time to time in ancient miniatures, and detailed descriptions and rules of the game were also reflected in ancient manuscripts.
This ancient game has been included in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO during the 8th Session of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.