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  • Wrestling Greco-Roman

    In greco-roman wrestling, arguably the oldest competitive sport in the world, competitors use only their arms and upper bodies to attack.

THE OLDEST SPORT
With the possible exception of athletics, wrestling is recognised as the world’s oldest competitive sport. Indeed cave drawings of wrestlers have been found dating as far back as 3000 BC. The sport was introduced into the ancient Olympics in 708 BC.

THE MAIN EVENT
When the modern Olympic Games resumed in Athens in 1896, wrestling became a focus of the Games. This was because organisers considered it historically significant; indeed Greco-Roman wrestling was deemed a pure reincarnation of ancient Greek and Roman wrestling.

Wrestling freestyle

In freestyle wrestling, wrestlers may use their arms and legs and may hold opponents above or below the waist.
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