Rights groups urge better treatment for Mongolia child jockeys

Child jockeys ride their horses to the finish line during a horse race at the Mongolian traditional Naadam festival, on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia July 12, 2018. REUTERS/B. Rentsendorj

ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) – At the opening of Mongolia’s traditional Naadam festival, red-cheeked child jockeys in brightly colored outfits and helmets raced over the muddy steppe in a 24-km (15-mile) endurance race, excitedly whipping their mounts. The festival held last week highlighted a sport that is a source of prestige in Mongolia, where nomadic families take […]

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