Oil wrestling

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Men, don’t get ex­cited, it’s not the bikini-clad women type of wrestling that you might think. Oil wrestling is held around the world, though one of the old­est com­pe­ti­tions is in Turkey, where the wrestling is part of a fes­ti­val, dat­ing back to 1357 cel­e­brat­ing an Ot­toman vic­tory. As you can imag­ine, the con­test in­volves men cov­ered in oil try­ing to wres­tle the other to the ground - maybe not ev­ery­one’s idea of fun. Where the com­pe­ti­tion was once known to go on for one to two days at a time un­til a man was able to es­tab­lish his su­pe­ri­or­ity, the matches were capped in 1975 to 40 min­utes long.

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