Kosovo’s western region of Rugova has held its annual festival of traditional outdoor games. The event aims to preserve the legacy of times past and popularise folk sports among younger generations.
Member of traditional games organising committee, Nazmi Iberdemaj says: “These traditional games have been held since pagan times. After they scythed their meadows, people had time to relax and entertain themselves. Their games were a bit different from now and we don’t practise them accurately as they did.” Since 1992 we have been organising these games in a more modern way.”
The games saw amateur athletes compete in a range of disciplines. Pole-throwing, a sport unique to the highland region, was especially popular.
The Rugova area is located in the western part of Kosovo and is considered to be one of the most beautiful parts of the country. A network of newly built roads is expected to boost tourists, who will no doubt come to see the traditional sports festival in the coming years.