In a ceremony in Tehran, Iran marked the inscription of its ancient sport polo as an Iranian intangible cultural heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The ceremony was attended by Iran’s Minister of Sport and Youth, Masoud Soltanifar, Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcraft and Tourism Organization, Ali Asghar Moonesan as well as a number of officials from the army and Polo Federation.

Also called Chogan in Persian, the ancient Iranian horse riding tournament is the game of kings, dating back to the centuries before the Christ.

What follows are IRNA’s photos of the ceremony:

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