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Oil wrestling

Oil Wrestling

Turkish National Sport


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Oil wrestling

  • Oil wrestling (Turkish: yağlı güreş), also called grease wrestling, is the Turkish national sport. It is so called because the wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil. The wrestlers, known as pehlivan meaning "champion" wear a type of hand-stitched lederhosen called a kispet, which are traditionally made of water buffalo hide, and most recently have been made of calfskin.


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  • Unlike Olympic wrestling, oil wrestling matches may be won by achieving an effective hold of the kisbet. Thus, the pehlivan aims to control his opponent by putting his arm through the latter's kisbet. To win by this move is called paça kazık.


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  • The annual Kırkpınar tournament, held in Edirne in Turkish Thrace since 1362, is the oldest continuously running, sanctioned sporting competition in the world. In recent years this style of wrestling has also become popular in other countries.


A traditional costume of the champion

A traditional costume of the champion


Turkish little children are also interested in their national sport

Turkish little children are also interested in their national sport


The wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil

the wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil


He is the winner ba pehlivan

He is the winner-başpehlivan


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