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Apr 5, 2014


By Gaar Adams, Vice

No formal pehlwani training programs exist in the United Arab Emirates, but as a country where expatriates make up more than 75 percent of the population—and a majority of those from South Asia—the country is bringing together wrestlers, coaches, and aficionados from all the different villages and cities across the subcontinent where the sport once flourished. Even into the second match, men from Pakistan and Bangladesh walk over together in droves as they finish their shifts at the fish market across the lot, kicking up sand as they walk.

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