May 10, 2020, 5:04 PM
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450 local indigenous games identified in Mazandaran Province

Noshahr, May 10, IRNA - The head of the board of rural sports and local indigenous games of Mazandaran Province (Northern Iran) said that up to now, 450 local indigenous games have been identified in Mazandaran province.

Local games that have a structure appropriate to the spirit, capacity, the historical and biological context of each region, can be used as a way to restore the indigenous culture of the province and the physical and mental health of people in different regions in the form of recreational and sports activities, especially in coronavirus, plays an important role.

Also, in the local games, which are mostly performed en masse, there are special educational issues and cultural burdens that, in addition to filling people's leisure time, are effective in educating the people of the society.

In an interview with IRNA on Sunday, Mohammad Reza Bahrgerd Nikoo added: "Out of this number of local sports in Mazandaran Province,  20 games will be held in the form of competitions according to the rules and regulations of the country."

"Locho wrestling is among the most important of these games, which have many fans in the province, and Mazandaran in national competitions," he added. And even the world has a title in these games.

Locho wrestling is held in the north of Iran, especially in Fereydoon Kenar, Bandpey and Joybar as a traditional, frankly, and ancient sport for 1600 years. This wrestling, which is also known to be the Locho heroic sport, has a particular position in the culture and valuable beliefs of the locals, and now, it has been a national registered heritage. Locho term means a long wood approximately 3 meters with about 6 to 12 cm diameter, installed in a place where the wrestling is performed with a piece of cloth gird at the top of it.

In normal form, this wrestling is done by the villagers in their leisure time for one or more days, or two weeks as the entertainment of many adults and men in religious and national holidays, before and after the planting or after the harvesting and also at the time of local bazaars installation or wedding parties. The elders who are professional in this type of wrestling usually set the time of this competition and inform the other people, neighbors, parts, and counties. The cost of this ceremony's holding and its awards are supplied by the inhabitants of one or more villages and they are granted to the winners. The sound of musical instruments and drum declares the holding of the wrestling competition with the presence of the fans and 1 to 3 referees from the elders who are professional in this field of sport.

Locho wrestling is not freestyle wrestling

Each competitor tries to gain the superior position by using the techniques on some parts of the opponent’s body, such as (head, elbow, knee and etc.) in this type of wrestling. The Locho wrestling is based on an ethic and bravery aspects, the spirit of manhood and avoiding arrogance, selfishness, and compliance in Islamic values; so, respect to the opponent and non-use of violent techniques are the rules of the game and any techniques out of these rules are fault.


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