Before the battle, wrestlers must go topless, put on leather-based pants, often buffalo or calf pores and skin, and oilve oil throughout their our bodies.
In Turkey, there’s a very distinctive conventional pageant, which is the olive oil wrestling pageant. Before the duel, the gladiators will probably be smeared with olive oil throughout their our bodies. Applying olive oil to the wrestlers earlier than the match will improve the issue and drama within the wrestling matches. Due to the slippery oil, wrestlers will discover it troublesome to understand their opponents to fall. And lifting the opponent to win will probably be rather more troublesome.
Each wrestling match will final not more than 40 minutes. If after 40 minutes, the 2 wrestlers are inconclusive, the match will probably be prolonged for an additional quarter-hour. The profitable wrestler is the one who can knock the opponent down or make the opponent contact his shoulder to the bottom. In addition, if the one who lifts or pushes the opponent about 4 steps will win the general victory.
An olive oil wrestling event will final 3 days. The general profitable wrestler will obtain the distinguished gold belt of the event and have the precise to maintain the gold belt for one 12 months. If the wrestler wins the ultimate 3 years in a row, he may have the precise to maintain the gold belt ceaselessly.
The olive oil wrestling pageant has existed for almost 700 years, often held each July, within the Turkish city of Edirne. There are fairly a number of Turkish legends in regards to the origin of this distinctive pageant. Among them, essentially the most trusted legend tells the story of the wrestling of troopers within the Ottoman Empire.
In the time of King Orhan Gazi of the Ottoman Empire, there have been two superb wrestlers, Selim and Ali, who wrestled one another many occasions however couldn’t win. Therefore, King Orhan Gazi inspired the preventing spirit of those two troopers by promising to present the winner a pair of leather-based pants. After the promise of King Orhan Gazi, Selim and Ali fought from morning to nighttime and in the long run each died from exhaustion.
King Orhan Gazi mourned the spirit and bravado of Selim and Ali. And after the dying of two troopers, the Turks continued to keep up this conventional wrestling event and named it Kirkpinar to commemorate and honor the picture of the mighty Ottoman warrior.
Up to now, olive oil wrestling has turn into a standard sport of the Turkish folks, has been listed by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010. This sport is just not solely a pleasure satisfaction of the Turkish folks, but additionally obtain the assist, consideration, and follow-up of vacationers all over the world.
In 2020, the event was canceled because of the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic. This 12 months, the organizers have reorganized this event within the context of tightening security rules to stop and management the Covid-19 epidemic. This 12 months’s event was held in Edirne, attracting about 3,000 wrestlers.
The winner of the gold belt on this 12 months’s event is wrestler Ali Gurbuz. Before that, he was a four-time champion in 2011, 2012, 2019 and 2021. Gurbuz stated he will probably be decided to win subsequent 12 months’s event in order that he can turn into the everlasting proprietor of the gold belt.