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Pakistan’s ancient form of wrestling threatened by ‘obsession for cricket’

Pakistan’s ancient form

KARACHI: It’s an old type of wrestling that has existed in the locales that make up present-day Pakistan and India for as far back as 5,000 years.

On Tuesday, in any case, a couple hundred individuals accumulated at Karachi’s Mohammadan football arena to watch grapplers from across Pakistan’s southern Sindh territory fight it out for the last Malakhra match of the period.

Malakhra matches, regularly additionally held in Iran and Afghanistan, started in 1978 in Karachi, said Gul Sher Sheedi, a 61-year-old previous grappler who regulated Tuesday’s match, mourning that the game “got little consideration in the cricket-fixated city and nation.”

“While cricket stands out enough to be noticed, numerous neighborhood sports, particularly Malakhra, are denied of government support,” Sheedi said. “At the point when the public authority focuses, a game is featured and gets supports.”

“The grapplers of Malakhra stay poor notwithstanding giving their everything to the game,” he said.

A Malakhra coordinate beginnings with the two grapplers tying a turned fabric around the adversary’s abdomen and afterward attempting to toss the competitor to the ground.

The game traverses three days, with three grapplers eventually sacking the primary, second and third prize after a finale.

“The competition is being hung on the event of the commemoration of the passing of Hazrat Syed Mahmood Shah,” Sheedi stated, alluding to a neighborhood holy person.

Khairuddin nom de plume Talib, who vanquished his adversary Tedi Sheedi, said that the three champs would get monetary rewards yet different candidates would return home with “nothing.”

“We engage individuals; we have kept this old game alive. However, what do we get?” he said. “We don’t get anything, neither cash; nor the spotlight,” he said.