Turkish Oil Wresting/土耳其橄榄油摔跤

Turkish Oil Wrestling

Turkish oil wrestling is the Turkish national sports, and it is also one of the most popular sports in Turkey. The wrestlers wear tight short leather trousers called “Kispet”, made of water buffalo leather weighing approximately 13 kilograms, and they cover themselves with olive oil.

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. Originally, matches had no set duration and could go on for one or two days until one man was able to establish his superiority. Matches take place throughout the country but the most famous and most important tournament takes place in Edirne by the end of June and beginning of July. It is the oldest continuously running, sanctioned sporting competition in the world since 1362.


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What is available

  • Turkish Oil Wrestling Archive

13 eposides * 90′

Production: HD 16:9, International sound

 

 

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