Turkish Wrestling Championships

Turkish Wrestling Championships

July
Yagli gures, or "grease wrestling," is Turkey's most popular sport. An annual wrestling tournament has been held in July at Kirkpinar, near the Turkish-Greek border, for more than six centuries. The competitors cover their bodies and their leather knee breeches with oil, making it extremely difficult to get a grip on one's opponent. Although the Turks have proved their superiority at wrestling at many Olympic Games, this national form of the sport requires exceptional skill and strength training.
CONTACTS:
Ministry of Culture
Ataturk Bulvan No. 29, Opera
Ankara, 6050 Turkey
90-312-309-08-50; fax: 90-312-312-64-73
www.kultur.gov.tr/EN
SOURCES:
FestEur-1961, p. 161
FestWrld: Turkey-1999, p. 24
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 368
WildPlanet-1995, p. 171