Central Asian Games
Mongolian wrestling today
People in Central Asia played games that helped them get better at skills they would need in their lives. They needed to ride horses well, and they liked to race their horses or play polo on their horses.
People also needed to be good fighters. They liked to wrestle to get better at hand to hand fighting. People wrestled especially during the festival of Naadam, in late July or early August. In Mongolian wrestling, you fought in any open grassy area. You won when you got your opponent to touch the ground with his upper body or elbow (or, in some versions, any part of his body except his feet).
Wrestlers from Samarkand
(Uzbekistan, 600s AD)
In Russia, in the western part of Central Asia, people also used snowshoes and wooden cross-country skis both to get around and for fun. People also played games in the snow like building snow forts and skating on the ice on wooden skates or skates made from animal bones.