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[ 18 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]
Geeta Phogat 3

The growth of women’s wrestling since the Olympics has been astronomical. In 2004, twenty countries sent women to wrestle at the Athens Games. That number jumped to 42 countries for the London Games in 2012. With the increase in weight-classes from four to six  for the Rio Games in 2016,  even more opportunities have been created for women in wrestling.
One of the reasons there has been such an upswing in wrestling’s popularity in India (a country of over a billion …

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[ 18 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]
Zoorkhaneh title

Came across this piece from The Atlantic.  Here are some quotes from the article; however, please visit the site as well.  It would be great to let more media outlets know there is an audience of wrestling fans that read/watch/write about the sport no matter where the competitions are held. So, help their view count increase (and write a comment) by clicking on the site linking to the original article pasted below.
Centuries before the Islamic Republic or even Islam, Persian …

Countries, Featured, Japan »

[ 15 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]
Daily News Egypt cover

Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, now known as ”Osunaarashi” (Great Sandstorm) arrived in Japan two years ago after winning sumo competitions in his home country of Egypt. During his time training at the home of sumo, Osunaarashi, has been promoted to the”makuuchi” (elite) division.  With this promotion, he becomes the first sumo wrestler from either the African continent or the Arab region to earn this honor.
The makuuchi division is made up of 42  wrestlers including two grand champions (yokozuna), both of whom are Mongolians. …

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[ 11 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]
S.Ham.and.T.Pearce

Much like the other traditional forms of wrestling we have highlighted, Cornish wrestling has been around for centuries and has been in the midst of a revival of sorts.  A quick search of the sport on youtube will garner dozens of contemporary matches and exhibitions that have been filmed in local fairs.
It’s an ancient skill.  In 1415, at the Battle of Agincourt, banners borne by Cornwall’s fighting men carried symbols showing wrestlers.  

So how does Cornish wrestling work?  The object …

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[ 8 Nov 2013 | 4 Comments ]
Yasuhiro Murotatsu in match

Within the past year, wrestling has become a terrific catalyst for diplomacy.  It was wonderful to see the US, Russia, and Iran meeting together on the wrestling mat in New York City this past May during the “Rumble on the Rails.”  The positive press that accompanied the event was tremendous for the sport of wrestling and the concept of peace-through-sports.
On the heels of ROTRs and the unity of the global wrestling community forged within the months between the IOC’s decision …

Countries, Featured, Russia »

[ 7 Nov 2013 | One Comment ]
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In the past year we have written about the growth of women’s wrestling in the US and within the Olympic Games. At the 2004 Games in Athens– the first year women wrestled at the Olympics — 20 countries sent women to compete. By the 2012 Games in London that number jumped to 42 countries. That number is expected to rise again in 2016 where women will have two more weight classes added to the competition, for a total of 24 …

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[ 5 Nov 2013 | One Comment ]
MYSORE GRAPPLERS by akshay mahajan (pushups)

When visiting akharas in India last year, we commented on how modest each of these gyms were: a dirt pit for wrestling, ropes to climb for conditioning, and a guru instructing young athletes what to do. The goal was simple, to keep a large team of young men using these akharas to learn discipline, a healthy lifestyle, and the skills to become a successful wrestler.
As India has become more modern, there has been a concern that the traditional sport of …

Countries, Featured, Last Man Standing, Philippines, Philippines »

[ 5 Nov 2013 | 4 Comments ]
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The positive attention that wrestling received after it was initially removed from the Olympics was phenomenal.  An internet campaign was quickly established to coordinate and inform wrestling fans across the globe about the fight to reestablish the sport within the Olympics.
During this time, news articles from major newspapers around the world not only published stories about well established wrestling countries like the US, Russia, and Iran; but they dug deep into their own local culture and wrote about the increased …

Countries, Featured, Kenya »

[ 5 Sep 2013 | 2 Comments ]
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Matt Carotenuto
Associate Professor of African History
St. Lawrence University
mcarotenuto@stlawu.edu
Abstract
As the International Olympic Committee prepares to vote on whether to include wrestling in the 2020 Olympic Games, this article explores the grassroots potential of wrestling on the African continent. Through a small but vibrant wrestling program in Kenya, efforts are underway to connect Olympic Freestyle and Greco to Africa’s sporting traditions of the distant past. From inside the walls of a Nairobi prison to a highland soccer pitch in the Great Rift …

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[ 9 Jul 2013 | No Comment ]
Cornish 3

Guy JAOUEN,
President of ETSGA,
the European Traditional Sports and Games Association
Researcher in cultural anthropology, attached to the University of Brest (France)

ABSTRACT:
The vocabulary of modern life often uses in an inappropriate way the term “traditional” which comes from the Latin traditio “action to transmit”. Traditional games that have been transmitted to us from generation to generation are body expressions, which reflect the particular culture of different existing communities all over the world. These games represent an element of cultural recognition, and through …