Yak polo, the new Pakistan sport
Pakistan host one of the world’s lesser-known sports, yak polo, the major attraction of the Broghil festival. The three-day festival is a special sporting event of the Wakhi community introduced in 1999. Yak polo is played riding on yaks instead of horses in the Himalaya and Hindu Kush mountain ranges of the country.
As yaks are not able to tolerate high temperatures the time for the sport is morning or early afternoon. Each polo team has six players who swarm and rush towards the opponent’s goal post, some defending and others attacking.