COME ON PEHLIVAN! (These words are shouted at the beginning of a fight between the wrestlers as a call to a duel)
Place: Calikli, Valandovo, a football stadium with lovely green grass, zurlas, drums, hundreds of litres of oil, one pelivan Aga, tens of judges, hundreds of pelivans of all ages, active and retired freestyle wrestlers. It was the place and time for hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists to enjoy the skill of this traditional sport for two days.
Enjoy this photo story by Balkon3…
Vegetable oil is applied abundantly
Pelivan Aga (A former pelivan, dressed in traditional clothes, controls the fights)
Leather trousers (called “kspet”, made of buffalo and calfskin leather)
First victory is the sweetest!
They are an indispensable part of the games
A spectacular finish follows this move
Giving tips is a tradition, but crisis has its toe and the cap is almost empty
The fights are carefully observed
Ah, If only I were younger!
Shoulder injury – an integral part of the fights