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Selim (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Selim - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 December 2018

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Presentation of Selim

The municipality of Selim (26,142 inhabitants in 2012, 5,084 in the town of Selim; 100,926 ha) is located 40 km southwest of Kars.

Ivan Sache, 19 December 2018

Flag of Selim

The flag of Selim (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem in the center. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem, adopted in May 2017, features the Allahuekber mountains and a horse javelin player.
[Kars Manşet, 6 May 2017]

Horse javelin, an equestrian game originating from Central Asia, became a war game in the 26th century. The most popular sport in the Ottoman Empire, horse javelin was banned in 1826 by Sultan Mehmet because it was deemed too dangerous. Subsequently authorized as a show game and common in Anatolia 50 years ago, horse javelin recently re-merged in the Erzurum, Erzincan, Uşak, Bayburt, Ankara, Manisa, Kars, Sivas and Malatya Provinces.
[Ministry of Tourism and Culture]
Jereed (Turkish: Cirit) is a traditional Turkish equestrian team sport played outdoors on horseback in which the objective is to score points by throwing a blunt wooden javelin at opposing team's horsemen.
[F. Yildirim, A. Yildiz, B. Ozemir. 2017. Horse training in javelin sports (Jereed), International Journal of Current Research, 9, 58461-58465]

Ivan Sache, 19 December 2018