17th Oil wrestling in Alanya

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17th Oil wrestling in Alanya

17th Oil wrestling will be held in Alanya at Gökbel Yayla on 12-13th of August in 20223. It will be an entertaining event, with many wrestlers competing for the title. Participants will cover themselves in olive oil, making it difficult for opponents to gain a grip. Spectators can expect an exciting competition.

Gökbel Oil Wrestling Visit Alanya

Alanya oil wrestling, also known as “Yağlı Güreş” in Turkish, is a traditional wrestling form in Alanya. Oil wrestling is an ancient sport with roots in Turkish history and culture, dating back hundreds of years.

In oil wrestling, the participants, known as “pehlivans” or wrestlers, compete against each other in a grassy field called an “er meydanı” or wrestling arena. Wrestlers wear leather trousers called “kıspet” and cover their bodies with olive oil. The oil serves multiple purposes, including making it difficult for opponents to grip each other. It also adds an element of difficulty and strategy to the sport.

Oil wrestling is about defeating your opponent by getting them to touch the ground with any part of their body other than their feet. Matches can last for several minutes and require strength, agility, technique, and endurance.

Oil wrestling is not only a physical competition but also a cultural event. It is deeply rooted in Turkish traditions and often accompanied by music, folklore, and other forms of entertainment. The Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival, held annually in Edirne, is one of the most prestigious and well-known oil wrestling events in Turkey. However, oil wrestling tournaments and festivals are also organized in other regions of Turkey, including Alanya.

Alanya, with its historical significance and picturesque setting, offers an ideal backdrop for oil wrestling events. Visitors and locals alike can witness this traditional sport and experience the vibrant atmosphere surrounding the competitions.

Sibel Can will take the stage at Gökbel

Famous artist Sibel Can will take the stage in Gökbel Wrestling, which will be held for the 17th time this year by Alanya Municipality.
The 17th of the traditional Alanya Gökbel Plateau Oil Wrestling was started by Adem Murat Yücel when he was the Mayor of Kestel. It was continued by the Alanya Municipality and will be held again this year.

Gökbel Oil Wrestling Visit Alanya

After “662nd Historical Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling”, Alanya Mayor Adem Murat Yücel announced the traditional Gökbel Plateau Oil Wrestling. This will be held for the 17th time on August 12-13 this year.

Gökbel Oil Wrestling Visit Alanya
Mayor Yücel said everybody was invited to wrestling competitions and amusements and added that “All our chief wrestlers who competed in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals in Kırkpınar will tie their arms together with nearly a thousand of our athletes at the Traditional Gökbel Highland Oil Wrestling, which we will organize on August 12-13.

Date: 12-13 August

Place: Gökbel yaylası at Taurus Mountain

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Ph.D. Yakup Uslu


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