Traditional sport ‘Kusti’ included in international calendar: UWW Chief

Jammu, Oct 16 (IESports) Asserting that one should always stay connected to its roots, United World Wrestling (Associated Styles) Presidnet Rodica Maria Yaksi on Monday disclosed that traditional sport ‘kushti’ is now an internationally acclaimed after Indian Style KustiWorld Federation joined hands with the United World Federation.

“First of all, I congratulate the Indian Style Kushti World Federation to being the part of the United World Wrestling,” Ms Yaksi here told reporters.

She said that on behalf of the UWW as President of Associated Styles, she immensely pleased to grant affiliation to Indian Style Kushti World Federation.

“The UWW has decided to include and adopt the Indian Style Kushti in their regular calendar of events,” she added.

She maintained that the UWW started working with Indian Federation nearly more than one and half year ago.

“The sport ‘kushti’ is being practiced traditionally for 2,000 years and it is our history, “she said and added that if one forgets his history, he will not have a future.

“We also have a different rule book on the pattern of WWE style wrestling but the rules of ‘Kushti’ are separate except few,” she said adding that the federation has big plans and ideas and in the coming year, calendar of activities will be prepared so that more activity can be organised in different parts of the world.
“We chose Jammu to host this mega event because it is a wonderful place and secondly the traditional ‘kushti’ is also being organised every year at Katra as a part of Navratra festival,” added Ms Yaksi.

The 14th Mission Dosti International Indian Style Kushti Championship will kick off from Tuesday at Katra.
President Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Indian Style Wrestling Association, Shiv Kumar Sharma said that the ‘Kushti’ Championship will have main attraction in five free style foreign wrestlers, who shall be fighting against top wrestlers from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Maharashtra.

The winners of title bout shall be awarded with Rs 1,25,000 along with traditional silver Gurj while the prize money for the second and third bout shall be Rs 1,01,000.

Source: UNI-India

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