Discover Turkey, home of camel wrestling
Camel wrestling is an ancient village tradition and tournament in the Aegean Region of Turkey. Camel wrestling has certain rules, and is usually held during winter as a winter festival.
Camel wrestling is one of the very popular traditional sports in Turkey. It is most common in the Aegean Region of Turkey, but is also been practiced in other parts of Turkey.
Camel Wrestling is thought that this sport has its origins in the nomadic tribes who depended on camels for their livelihood. It is mostly popular in the Aegean Region, where contests are held in the winter months from December to March.
Male camels are bred and trained specifically for wrestling and must be of a certain type, known as Tulu Camels. Camel wrestling is held in four categories, namely Foot, Middle, Under the Head, Head. A camel can win in any of three ways; by making the other camel retreat, by making the other camel scream, or by making the other camel fall.
Today, camel wrestling is also seen in the cities of Aydin, Izmir, Mugla, Denizli and Manisa in the Aegean Region, Balikesir and Canakkale in the Marmara Region, Antalya, Burdur and Isparta in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey.
Also, there is a camel wrestling league organized every year in the Aegean Region and Mediterranean Region in Anatolia.
Contests are held under strict regulation to protect the welfare of the animals who may only wrestle once per day in a match which lasts for only 10 or 15 minutes.
Efes Camel Wrestling, Selcuk, Izmir
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