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Runaway inflation is proving costly for Turkey’s oil-wrestlers

Runaway inflation is proving costly for Turkey’s oil wrestlers

9 July 2022

9:00 AM

9 July 2022

9:00 AM

  Edirne, Turkey

There is a distinctive sound that an oiled-up palm makes as it slaps against an oiled-up pair of leather shorts. Both squelchy and sharp, this noise rings around the Thracian town of Edirne each July as it hosts Turkey’s biggest oil-wrestling championship. As the name suggests, contenders are greased up with either olive, corn or sunflower oil before they start to fight.

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