N o 43 Austria: Coffeehouses. Tradition more or less forces competitors to begin each match on good terms. Edirne, in northwestern Turkey, is home to an annual competition that has existed since Most matches end with one combatant being pinned on the grass, but a contender may also secure a victory—and ultimately the title—by decisively elevating his opponent above his shoulders. N o 19 Edirne, in northwestern Turkey, is home to an annual competition that has existed since Billed as the world's second-oldest athletic tournament—after the Olympic Games—it's also the largest showcase for the Turkish national sport of oil wrestling. In addition to its aesthetic benefits, being slathered in oil prevents an opponent from easily gaining leverage.
Beatrice. Age: 23.
The event is spiced with pre-combat rituals.
Taya. Age: 30.
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The last two combatants remaining, who were brothers, grappled until both died of exhaustion. Kirpinar draws contestants of all sizes and ages and takes place in an open stadium that fits more than 25, spectators. Wrestlers tend to compensate by reaching down the opponent's trousers—a conventional and totally legal move.