Buzkashi or Kokpar is the Central Asian sport played amongst Afghans (Pashtuns), Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Hazaras, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, and Turkmens. The Turkic name of the game is Kökbörü; Kök = "blue", börü = "wolf", denoting the grey wolf — the holy symbol of the Turkic people. Other Turkic names of the game are Ulak Tartish, Kuk Pari, Kök Berü, and Ulak Tyrtysh. In the West, the game (Turkish: Cirit) is also played by Kyrgyz Turks who migrated to Ulupamir village in the Van district of Turkey from the Pamir region.
Buzkashi is often compared to polo. Both games are played between people on horseback, both involve propelling an object toward a goal, and both get fairly rough. However, polo is played with a ball, and buzkashi is played with a headless goat carcass. Polo matches are played for fixed periods totaling about an hour; traditional Buzkashi may continue for days, but in its more regulated tournament version also has a limited match time.
In western China, there is not only horse-back Buzkashi, but also yak Buzkashi among Tajiks of Xinjiang.