By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers have claimed three medals, including two gold, at the International 45th Yasar Dogu Tournament held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Azerbaijan’s gold medals came from Galib Aliyev and Aslanbek Alborov in the 61kg and 97kg weight categories respectively. Wrestler Mahir Amiraslanov grabbed the silver medal in the 57kg division.
Along with Azerbaijan, the tournament brought together wrestlers from Turkey, U.S., Poland, Russia and others, Azertac reported.
Azerbaijan ranked third in the medal table behind Turkey and Russia.
Wrestling remains the most popular sport in the county and is overseen by the National Wrestling Federation, which was established in 1993.
The Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling have rich history and unique traditions.
Freestyle wrestling that represents most of the elements, techniques and fighting methods of our national wrestling, and has come a long way of development has been accepted as American wrestling in the world, which means that the present day wrestling originated in the United States of America.
However, the ‘national wrestling’ has a more ancient history. The elements of this national wrestling can be encountered on the Qobustan rocks, in folk and classical literature, and sagas.