By Umer Yousaf
According to Pakistan Wrestling Federation Rustam -i-Pakistan Final Dangal will be held on 7th May at Punjab Stadium Lahore in which Me Pakistan WAPDA Zaman Anwar Jani Gujranwala and Pakistan Army Muhammad Asif Bahawalpur will compete. Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi has been invited as a special guest for this final competition of Pakistan’s biggest wrestling organized by Pakistan Wrestling Federation and Sports Board Punjab and Youth Affairs.
Zaman Anwar Jani defeated Shahzad Pechar in the semi-final. Muhammad Asaf was successful against Tayyab Raza. Tayyab Raza Wapda and Shahzad Pechar Muzaffargarh of Army will compete for the third position.
Pakistan Wrestling Federation
According to Senior Vice President of Pakistan Wrestling Federation Arshad Sattar, in this Rustam -i-Pakistan Dangal with the support of the Punjab government, there will be a total of 30 small and big competitions including the title fight on May 7.
Wrestling in Pakistan
Wrestling in Pakistan has a unique style and tradition, and it has played a significant role in the country’s cultural and social life.
Origins and History
Wrestling has been a part of Pakistan’s cultural heritage for thousands of years. The ancient Indus Valley civilization, which flourished in present-day Pakistan over 5,000 years ago, has left behind evidence of wrestling in their art and writings. Over the centuries, wrestling has evolved into various forms in different regions of Pakistan, such as Pehlwani, Kushti, and Gama Pahalwan.
Pehlwani is the most popular form of wrestling in Pakistan and is believed to have originated in Persia. It was introduced to the Indian subcontinent during the Mughal era in the 16th century. Pehlwani is a combination of wrestling and gymnastics, and wrestlers train to build strength, agility, and endurance. The sport is known for its unique rituals and traditions, such as the use of clay pits for wrestling matches and the recitation of poetry during matches.
Kushti is another form of wrestling in Pakistan that has a strong cultural and religious significance. It is practiced by Muslims, particularly in rural areas, and involves strict dietary and training regimens. Kushti wrestlers often wear a loincloth and perform various rituals, such as rubbing their bodies with oil and sand and reciting prayers before matches.
Gama Pahalwan, also known as Ghulam Muhammad Baksh, is one of the most famous wrestlers in Pakistan’s history. He was born in Amritsar, India, in 1878 and moved to Lahore, Pakistan, after the partition of India in 1947.
Current State of Wrestling in Pakistan
Wrestling remains a popular sport in Pakistan, and the country has produced many world-class wrestlers over the years. However, the sport has faced challenges in recent years due to a lack of government support and funding. Many wrestling clubs and gyms have been forced to close due to financial difficulties, and young wrestlers often struggle to find adequate training facilities and equipment.
Despite these challenges, wrestling in Pakistan continues to thrive, thanks to the dedication and passion of its practitioners. The sport is often used as a means of promoting social and cultural values, and wrestling events are an important part of local festivals and celebrations.
In recent years, Pakistan has also been making a name for itself on the international wrestling scene. Pakistani wrestlers have participated in various international tournaments, including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. In 2018, Pakistani wrestler Muhammad Inam won a gold medal in the men’s freestyle 86kg category at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Wrestling in Pakistan has a long and rich history it continues to be an important part of the country’s cultural and social fabric.
The sport has faced challenges in recent years, but it remains popular among practitioners and fans alike.