Areas in which the Turkic language is spoken.
The turkic Council covers a large part of Central Asia.
(Prospective council members in blue)
Turkic people have a long history and many things in common. One of the things they have in common is hand-to-hand sporting competitions, usually shirtless.
You've seen my 2010 Turkish Oil Wrestling. Below are some more images from 2011 and before, as a trailer for July, 2012, when the next national competition will be held. To come in future posts are naional sports of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Pretty interesting. Maybe, too, of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, if I can find some good ones.
Oil Wrestling ( Kirkpinar) from Turkey, 2011 and earlier.
North American equivalent?