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Oct 17, 2009

Keeping a traditional sport alive

The Hindu

Mud wrestling competition attracts over 100 partipants

For an upperhand: Participants involved in mud wrestling at Pavanje.

MANGALORE: 55-year-old Mohan gave it his best shot when he faced 17-year-old Karthik at a mud wrestling competition at Pavanje, near here, on Sunday. The two were battling it out under the 50-kg category. However, ultimately, Mr. Mohan had to concede defeat to Mr. Karthik.
Agoli Manjanna Janapada Kendra in association with the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Kusthi Sangha had organised the competition to keep this traditional rural sport alive.
More than 120 wrestlers from Dakshina Kannda and Udupi districts fought it out in 10 categories on two fields, Koti and Chennayya, for the titles of the same name.
President of Alva’s Education Foundation Mohan Alva inaugurated the competition. This was followed by the ritual of breaking a coconut and performing a pooja to a heap of mud on the field. Former wrestlers Krishnappa Mendon, Keshav Salina, Sankappa Shetty, Sundar Karkera and Bhojrao were felicitated on the occasion.
Speaking to presspersons on the occasion, president of the kendra Ganesh Amin Sankumar said that mud wrestling was developed at an early stage and it was intended to display the male’s power.

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