Mongolia’s Annual “Three Manly Games” Tournament

Nadaam Wrestlers ©Mark Fischer

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Tourists are flocking to Mongolia to watch traditional Mongolian wrestling. The largest and most prestigious tournament happens to coincide with Mongolian independence each July in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.

The tournament is part of a celebration of Mongolian sports known as “naadam” or the “three manly games.”

Despite the testosterone packed name, Mongolian women can compete in the archery competition and girls can ride as jockeys in the horse racing.

The popular wrestling tournament however is off limits to the ladies. The traditional frontless shirt worn by wrestlers ensures that no women can infiltrate the manly rankings.

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