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Traditional oil wrestling competition held in Greek village of Sochos

AP

Published : Jul 4, 2018, 11:29 am IST
Updated : Jul 19, 2018, 12:21 pm IST
Massive men walk around the lawn turned into a wrestling ring to the tune of traditional music, their torsos slathered in olive oil, for an annual festival that blends the traditions of ancient Greece and more modern times. (Photo: AP)
Massive men walk around the lawn turned into a wrestling ring to the tune of traditional music, their torsos slathered in olive oil, for an annual festival that blends the traditions of ancient Greece and more modern times. (Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, wrestlers cover themselves in olive oil before taking part in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Many of the strutting athletes on display compete in regular tournaments.(Photo: AP)
 In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, wrestlers cover themselves in olive oil before taking part in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Many of the strutting athletes on display compete in regular tournaments.(Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, a band of musicians performs before the start of an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Traditional wind instruments and drums provide a soundtrack for the action, the music rising and falling according to the intensity as the fights unfold.(Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, a band of musicians performs before the start of an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Traditional wind instruments and drums provide a soundtrack for the action, the music rising and falling according to the intensity as the fights unfold.(Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, spectators watch as wrestlers covered in oil take part in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition, in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Here, the competitors wear knee-length leather trousers known as a "kiouspeti", which can weigh up to 10 kilograms.(Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, spectators watch as wrestlers covered in oil take part in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition, in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Here, the competitors wear knee-length leather trousers known as a
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo wrestlers covered in olive oil fight in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. The oil covering their upper bodies has the dual purpose of minimizing injuries from holds and making it harder to throw a rival back-down on the ground, the goal of the game.(Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo wrestlers covered in olive oil fight in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. The oil covering their upper bodies has the dual purpose of minimizing injuries from holds and making it harder to throw a rival back-down on the ground, the goal of the game.(Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, wrestlers covered in oil line up before taking part in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. The practice of wrestling clad in leather trousers and oil dates to the Ottoman Empire, and the largest event these days takes place in northwest Turkey. (Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, wrestlers covered in oil line up before taking part in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. The practice of wrestling clad in leather trousers and oil dates to the Ottoman Empire, and the largest event these days takes place in northwest Turkey. (Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo ,wrestlers covered in olive oil fight in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. In Sochos, where matches are held on the Orthodox Christian saint’s day dedicated to the Apostles, the contenders prepare for bouts by seeking blessings at icons of Christ’s disciples. (Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo ,wrestlers covered in olive oil fight in an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. In Sochos, where matches are held on the Orthodox Christian saint’s day dedicated to the Apostles, the contenders prepare for bouts by seeking blessings at icons of Christ’s disciples. (Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, wrestlers covered in oil compete during an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Parading in front of thousands of spectators and then coating themselves with olive oil is another tradition observed by the Sohos wrestlers.(Photo: AP)
In this Saturday, June 30, 2018 photo, wrestlers covered in oil compete during an annual traditional oil wrestling competition in the northern Greek village of Sochos. Parading in front of thousands of spectators and then coating themselves with olive oil is another tradition observed by the Sohos wrestlers.(Photo: AP)

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