Currency - Som The currency of Uzbekistan is the Uzbekistani Som (currency code UZS). The word "Som" (sometimes transliterated "Sum" or "Soum") means pure in Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uyghur, Uzbek as well as many other Turkic languages. The word implies pure gold. The Soviet ruble was called "Som" in Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Uzbek which are written on the back of the notes. 1 UZS is equal to 0.0007 Euro.
Main Sporting Events and Achievement in Olympics The traditional national sport is Kurash, and the popular sports in the country include soccer, wrestling and the orthodox horseback games which are played on special occasions. Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Uzbekistan. There are 231 stadiums, 5,231 football fields, and a number of fields and halls for mini-football, serving a total of 36 football teams in Uzbekistan. The Football Championship and Uzbekistan Cup are held regularly in the country. Tennis is enjoyed almost as much as football. Tennis ranks second after football as the most popular spectator and participation sport. The Tashkent Open Women"s Cup, which attracts professional players, is becoming increasingly popular. Uzbekistan often hosts prestigious contests like the Asian Boxing Championship, the Asia and Oceania Taekwondo Championship, "A"-grade international freestyle wrestling tournaments. The 1996 Summer Olympics was the nation’s first participation of the Olympic games independently, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Mukhamadkodir Abdullayev won the gold medal in boxing against 312 contestants, Arthur Taimazov won a silver medal in free-style wrestling and Sergei Mikhailov and Rustam Saidov won bronze medals in boxing. Uzbekistan won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics. The golds came from the wrestling event, one from Arur Taymazo in the men’s freestyle wrestling (120 kg cat) and the other from Alexandr Dokturishivili in the men’s Greco-Roman wrestling (74 kg cat). The Uzbeks have won a total of three gold, three silver and five bronze medals from three Summer Olympics in which it had competed.
Culture Uzbeks are among the most orthodox of the Central Asian peoples. Orthodox clothing is often worn on a daily basis, although Western-style clothing is also worn in the cities. Orthodox men’s wear includes brightly colored striped robes, black boots, and embroidered skullcaps or turbans. Women wear colorful silk, cotton, or velvet dresses and head scarves. The Uzbek cuisine is typical, yet some Uzbek dishes, such as palov, are eaten throughout Central Asia. (Palov is a pilaf of rice, meat, vegetables, and sometimes dried fruit.). Other staples of the Uzbek diet include kabob ,laghmon (long, thick noodles often used in soups), and many varieties of bread, called non. Green tea is a common beverage. Uzbek classical music is called shashmaqam which is closely related to Azeri mugam and Uighur muqam. The name, which translates as six maqams refers to the structure of the music, which contains six sections in diverrent musical modes, similar to classical Persian music. Interludes of spoken Sufi poetry interrupt the music, typically beginning at a low register and gradually ascending to a climax before calming back down to the beginning tone. Kurash is the native ancient type of upright jacket wrestling practiced in Uzbekistan. "Kurash" is one of the oldest martial arts and is believed to be the ancestor of judo. Kurash is a member of Turkish wrestling arts.