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Kurash (Tatar:Көрәш) on a Sabantuy

Kurash (also kuresh, koresh, kulesh, and similar variants) refers to a number of folk wrestling styles practiced in Central Asia. The English name comes from the term for "wrestling" in some Turkic language.[citation needed]

Kurash wrestlers (köräşçelär in Tatar) use towels to hold their opponents, and their goal is to throw their opponents off the feet.[1] The wrestling is the main competition at the folk festival Sabantuy.[1]

The sport is called گولش / ҝүләш / güləş in Azerbaijani, көрәш in Bashkir, кӗрешӳ in Chuvash, күрес / küres in Kazakh, күрөш / küröş in Kyrgyz, кӱреш / küreş in Shor, küreş / күреш / көрәш / kөrəş in Tatar, güreş in Turkish, göreş in Turkmen, and kurash in Uzbek, all derived from Old Turkic keriš.[2]

Tatar-style wrestling "Köräş"


The first official All-USSR koresh championship took place in Kazan in 1928 and was followed by the first TASSR (Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic) national championship in 1949. Since 1956, regular Tatar Köräş competitions have been organized in honor of the national hero and poet Musa Cälil.

At the turn of 1950 and 1960, the Soviet Federation of freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, and sambo started to develop Tatar Köräş. Sportsmen from the neighbour regions, such as Bashkortostan, Mordovia, and Ulyanovsk City came to compete in Kazan for the first time in 1959. In 1960, the capital of Tatarstan was appointed host of the first RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) national koresh championship, an event that has been repeated every year since that date. It was organized in Kazan about 15 times, but also in other cities, such as Salavat, Orenburg, Oktyabrsky, Tuymazy, Chelyabinsk, Cheboksary, Almetievsk, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Naberezhnye Chelny. Sportsmen from 36 Russian regions have participated in the Russian championships over the past years.


The International Kurash Association (IKA), founded in 1998, holds championships since 1999. World Senior championships were held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in 1999, in Antalya (Turkey) in 2000, in Budapest (Hungary) in 2001, in Yerevan (Armenia) in 2002, in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in 2005, in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) in 2007, in Alushta (Ukraine) in 2009,[3] in Termez (Uzbekistan) in 2011,[4] in Istanbul (Turkey) in 2013,[5] and in Khorramabad (Iran) in 2015.[6] The XI World Senior Championships will be held in Istanbul (Turkey) in 2017.[7]

The International Tatar Belt Wrestling Köräş Association was founded on 9 September 2009 with the aim of popularizing Tatar traditions abroad and offer Continental and World opportunities to all sportsmen wishing to compete in Tatar Köräş. It became a member of FILA's World Traditional Wrestling Committee in 2009 and held its second World Championship during the FILA World Wrestling Games that took place in Šiauliai (LTU) in September 2009. The third World Championship was held in Kazan in May 2010 and attracted a participation of about 100 wrestlers from 17 countries.

Kurash made its debut at 2018 Asian Games which was held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.[8]

World Kurash ChampionshipsEdit

Edition Year Host City Country Events Ref
1 1999 Tashkent   Uzbekistan 3 [9]
2 2000 Antalya   Turkey 4
3 2001 Budapest   Hungary 2
4 2002 Yerevan   Armenia 7
5 2005 Tashkent   Uzbekistan 13
6 2007 Ulaanbaatar   Mongolia 11
7 2009 Alushta   Ukraine 14 [10]
8 2011 Termez   Uzbekistan 14
9 2013 Istanbul   Turkey 15
10 2015 Khorramabad   Iran 8
11 2017 Istanbul   Turkey

World Junior Kurash Championships (U20)Edit

Edition Year Host City Country Events Ref
1 2000 Tver   Russia [11]
2 2002
3 2004 Shahrisabz   Uzbekistan 9 [12]
4 2006 Santo Domingo   Dominican Republic 9 [13]
5 2008
6 2010 New Delhi   India 14 [14]
7 2012 Bournemouth   United Kingdom 7 [15]
8 2016 Kochi   India 13 [16]

Kurash RulesEdit

Contestants attempt to score (and finish the match) with high amplitude throws. The trousers or legs may not be grabbed.

There are three scoring points viz. Halal, Yambosh and Chala. The player who scores a Halal wins the bout. To score a Halal you need to throw your opponent on his back with full control, force and speed. The throw that is close to Halal is given Yambosh. Two Yambosh makes a Halal. The throw that is close to Yambosh is given Chala. No number of Chala can equal a Yambosh. There are three penalties in Kurash. The first penalty is called Tambik, second penalty is Dakki and the third penalty is Girrom which means disqualification. The bout starts with salutation which is called Tazim. And to pause the bout Tokta is used and to cancel a point Bekar is used.[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Drayton, James. "Sabantuy". home to roam. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ Foundation, Turkish Language (28 October 2012). "TDK". home to roam.
  3. ^ "History of Kurash". International Kurash Association. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  4. ^ "VIII World senior championships". International Kurash Association. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  5. ^ "IX World senior championships". International Kurash Association. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  6. ^ "X World senior championships". International Kurash Association. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  7. ^ "IKA calendar 2016-2018" (PDF). International Kurash Association. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Asian Games: Underdog Indonesian shocks favorites to win bronze". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
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  17. ^ Verma, Ravi. "KurashRules". home to roam. Retrieved 25 July 2015.

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