Word of the day: Goresh

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Word of the day: Goresh

<p>In this episode of <em>Road to Ashgabat 2017</em>, we discover a Turkmen form of belt wrestling called <em>goresh</em>.</p> <p>It’s a popular sport across the country, as well as a traditional source of entertainment at weddings and birthdays. The prize for the winner is typically a horse or a camel.</p> <p>The rules are simple: wrestlers earn points by forcing an opponent to touch the mat with any part of the body except the feet.</p> <p>“In ancient times, it was unacceptable for Turkmen to kneel at the feet of a rival. That’s where the rules of <em>goresh</em> come from,” says wrestler Pirguly Gurbandurdyev.</p> <p>It may look rough, but it’s not a sport strictly for men.</p> <p>Nasiba Surkiyeva devoted 20 years of her life to judo before she turned to <em>goresh</em>.</p> <p>Today she’s a respected wrestler and she coaches a women’s team.</p> <p>“There’s historical evidence that in ancient times, there were female <em>goresh</em> wrestlers. And from 2013, women started to compete in international tournaments,” she says.</p> <p>The next of these tournaments will be held at the <a href="https://ilikevents.com/event/4240-ashgabat-2017">Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games</a> in the capital Ashgabat in September.</p>