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Kyrgyzstan gets first female hockey team
Based in the remote village of Otradnoe, 400 kilometres (249 miles) east of the country's capital Bishkek, the team comprises of around 15 girls from a local school and uses a flooded allotment to train on during the winter months.

Starting from nothing around three years ago, the team had to manage with whatever equipment they had and injuries were not uncommon.

However, news of the team reached as far as Switzerland, resulting in hockey pad donations from the Kyrgyz community living there.

As the only female hockey team in the country, the group hone their skills and train with male hockey teams.

Despite not everyone in the village initially approving of women playing hockey, especially their worried parents, the team is now a firm fixture in the community.
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February 06, 2020
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey...
OTRADNOYE, Kyrgyzstan
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey...
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team and the male team of the Karakol lyceum, in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey...
OTRADNOYE, Kyrgyzstan
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey...
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team and the male team of the Karakol lyceum, in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
Young hockey players and local residents watch a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey...
OTRADNOYE, Kyrgyzstan
Young hockey players and local residents watch a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey...
Young hockey players and local residents watch a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team and the male team of the Karakol lyceum, in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey...
OTRADNOYE, Kyrgyzstan
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey...
Young hockey players are seen in action during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team and the male team of the Karakol lyceum, in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
A young hockey player looks on during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team...
OTRADNOYE, Kyrgyzstan
A young hockey player looks on during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team...
A young hockey player looks on during a training match between Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team and the male team of the Karakol lyceum, in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
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A young hockey player practices his putting during a training session in the village of Otradnoye
A young hockey player practices his putting during a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
A local resident watches as members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team come out from the dressing...
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A local resident watches as members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team come out from the dressing...
A local resident watches as members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team come out from the dressing room before a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
Coach Salamat Abdyrakhmanov and members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team attend a training session...
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Coach Salamat Abdyrakhmanov and members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team attend a training session...
Coach Salamat Abdyrakhmanov and members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team attend a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team are seen during a training session in the village of...
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Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team are seen during a training session in the village of...
Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team are seen during a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team clean the ice during a training session in the village...
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Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team clean the ice during a training session in the village...
Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team clean the ice during a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
Supporters of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team cheer during a training match in the village of Otradnoye,...
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Supporters of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team cheer during a training match in the village of Otradnoye...
Supporters of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team cheer during a training match in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team come out of a dressing room before a training session...
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Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team come out of a dressing room before a training session...
Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team come out of a dressing room before a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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Young hockey players including members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team prepare in a dressing...
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Young hockey players prepare in a dressing room before a training session in the village of Otradnoye...
Young hockey players including members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team prepare in a dressing room before a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team prepare in a dressing room before a training session...
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Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team prepare in a dressing room before a training session...
Members of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team prepare in a dressing room before a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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February 06, 2020
A member of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team arrives for a training session in the village of Otradnoye,...
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A member of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team arrives for a training session in the village of Otradnoye...
A member of Kyrgyzstan's first female hockey team arrives for a training session in the village of Otradnoye, Kyrgyzstan February 4, 2020. Picture taken February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
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