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Kirkpinar Wrestling Festival, Turkey
One of the oldest annual sporting events in the world, this 700-year-old festival was recognized by the UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage Event in 2010.
Men bathed in olive oil and wearing leather pants wrestle it out to win the title of Chief Pehilvan (chief wrestler) and the Kirkpinar Golden Belt.
The wrestling features pulling of ears, pinning down the opponent to the ground and sometimes even grabbing the private parts in order to bring down the opponent.