Welcome to Uzbekistan!

By Tyler Lambert

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Genral Information about Uzbekistan

  • Population-29,199,942
  • Capital-Tashkent
  • Leader-President Islam Karimov
  • Type of Government-Republic
  • Language-Uzbek
  • Flag-See Right

SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Sports in Uzbekistan are pretty much the same as any other countries sports, they have national sports such as soccer, rugby, and fustal, fustal is basically a modified version of soccer that is normally played indoor, but instead of having the teams be eleven on eleven, it's five on five. There are also other sports such as bicycling, tennis, chess, judo, handball, taekwando, wrestling, and basketball. It actually wasn't until 1991 when Uzbekistan got there own national sports teams, the reason for this is that Uzbekistan used to be part of the Soviet Union and shared sports teams with them. When the split of Uzbekistan and the Soviet Union happened in 1991, Uzbekistan adopted there own Tennis Federation in 2002, as it was starting to become very popular, it was called the Uzbekistan Tennis Federation (UTF). Some notable players from the league are Dennis Istomin and Akqul Amanmuradova. The most popular sport in Uzbekistan is soccer, as it has it's own premier league that has been featuring 16 teams since 2015.
The classical music in Uzbekistan is very different to pop music. Mostly men listen to solo or duo shows during a morning or evening meeting amongst men. Shash maqam is the main component of the classical genre of music. In some instances of the music, the two languages are even mixed in the same song. In the 1950s, folk music became less popular, and the genre was barred from the radio stations. They did not completely dispel the music altogether, although the name changed to fuedul Music, and although banned, the folk musical groups continued to play their music in their own ways and spread it individually as well. Many say that it was the most liberated musical experience in their lives.
Along with Sports and entertainment, comes people who acomplish these things snd become famous from it. Rustam Kasimdzhanov was the FIDE world chess champion in 2004. Djamolidine Abdoujaparov was a former cyclist who won the Green Jersey in the Tour de France three times. He was know for riding dangerously by swerving side-to-side, it earned him the nickname "The Terror Of Tashkent". Artur Taymazov also was big in sports, he brought home Uzbekistan's first wrestling medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics. He also won three other Gold Medals in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics in mens 120 kg. There were also other Olympic Champions for Uzbekistan like Micheal Kolganov who won the Bronze Medal in K-1 500 meter. And Alexander Shatilov who also won a Bronze Medal as a Artistic Gymnast in Floor Exercise.

GEOGRAPHY

Uzbekistan is in Central Asia between the Amu and Syr Darya Rivers, The Slopes of Tian Shan Mountains, and the Aral Sea. The countries it lies between are Kazakhstan to the north and northwest, Kyrgyzstan to the east and Tajikistan to the southeast, Turkmenistan to the southwest, and Afghanistan to the south. Some major bodies of water in Uzbekistan are the Aral Sea, Amu and the Syr Darya Rivers, and the Aydarkul Lake. In Uzbekistan, the physical environment is diverse. About 80% of the countries land is desert topography, Uzbekistan has foothills in the southeast that are part of the Tian Shan Mountains and they have mountain peaks in the east reaching about 4,500 meters above sea level.
Uzbekistan's climate is like most Mid-Western states in the United Sates, as it's identified as a continental climate. Uzbekistan has hot summers and cool winters. Summer Temperatures often surpass 104 Degrees Fahrenheit and Winter Temperatures averaging about 28 Degrees Fahrenheit, but sometimes Winter Temperatures can drop as low as -40 Degrees Fahrenheit. In the Spring, Uzbekistan's average annual rainfall is between 100 to 200 millimeters. Between July and September it doesn't rain as much, so the growth of vegetation normally stops around that time. The most fertile place in Uzbekistan is the Fergana Valley, it's 21,440 square kilometers in size and is surrounded by mountains to the north, south, and east. The Syr Darya River runs through the western side. Even though the Fergana Valley receives about 100 to 300 millimeters of rain a year, there is only small patches of desert remaining throughout the valley in the center and along the ridges.
Some big cities in Uzbekistan in are Namangan, Samarkand, and Andijan. The biggest city in Uzbekistan is also their capital, the city is Tashkent and has a population of 1,978,028 million people. Since Tashkent's location is in Central Asia it took under the influence of Sogdian and Turkish culture until it took under the influence of Islam culture in the 8th Century A.D. Tashkent was conquered by the the Roman Empire in 1865 after it was destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1219 and rebuilt with the help of the Silk Road. Tashkent also introduced the first functional T.V. Set in the summer of 1928.

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