Mas-wrestling – Yakut traditional wrestling.
Mas-wrestling, also known as stick wrestling, is a traditional sport from Yakutia.
Games involving pulling different objects such as sticks, whips, leather, planks, spears and lassos, have existed in many different parts of the world. In Yakut, this is known as mas-tardyhyy, in Kyrgyz as tayak tartyshm, as agach guresh in Turkish, and tug of war or stick pull in English.
Two athletes sit facing each other, with the soles of their feet on opposite sides of a board. The two wrestlers grab a stick with their bare hands. In order to win, one wrestler needs to pull the stick from the other, or pull his opponent to his side of the board. Rounds last up to two minutes, and wrestlers gain points based on their performance out of three rounds.
Teams are made of 15 people: seven men, five women, one leader, one coach, and one judge. Athletes over 18 are allowed to participate.
Competitions are held in the following weight categories:
Men: 60 kg, 70 kg, 80 kg, 90 kg, 105 kg, 125 kg, and 125+ kg.
Women: 55 kg, 65 kg, 75 kg, 85 kg, and 85+ kg.
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