Children’s Naadam

Wrestler's StatsThe weekend after Naadam, Tom and I were sitting around our  new house checking out the local TV stations, and we found the most amazing thing.

A child’s wrestling competition in the countryside was being televised live. Each mini wrestler had their own dramatic introduction with stats (age, height, and competition history)– most of them were only 4 or 5. They were adorable, and very serious about their sport.

Before arriving in Mongolia, Tom said he wanted to enter a wrestling competition at least once. After seeing these little guys and realizing how much of a head start on training  Mongolians will have over him, he’s reconsidering.

Notice the cow
Notice the cow
Even at this young age, they still have their encouragers (the more-clothed child in the foreground)
Even at this young age, they still have their encouragers (the more-clothed child in the foreground)

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