#ilssports Sub- Continent's Centuries Old Sport called "Dangal" also known as Kushti- is for most people in the West as "Wrestling" is unfortunately a dying sport due to negligence at the Government level.
Here is a tribute to the hard working and committed master Kabadi baaz and their students.
Via @m_aliagha photographer
There was a time when we used to hear the stories of wrestling in the A1q kharas (arenas) of Lahore, and the battles between the local wrestlers and the many encounters they would have with international stars. Wrestling had always been an integral part of Lahore’s culture, but unfortunately it is now at the edge of extintion. Lahore had once been famed for the sport of wrestling, and some of the greatest wrestlers of the subcontinent were born here in walled city. Unfortunately, new generations are unaware of this game’s connection with the heritage and culture of Lahore. There were almost twelve arenas inside the city and the most popular ones were located inside Bhatti, Shah Almi and Sheranwala gates. The wrestlers would take pride in those arenas and the public would gather early in the morning to see the wrestlers’ work out, and practice. Many famous dangals (wrestling matches) in different Akharas of the city were held in old times. The wrestlers would prepare for them the whole year. The wrestlers had their bodies rubbed with oil to build muscle force. The diet need of the akhara consist of more than ten liters of Sardai, milk, and almonds per day. After having all of this they start their wrestling practice. The senior wrestlers are assigned.
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