COVID tests mandatory in ring at Turkey's Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling tournament

By Selcuk Bugra Gokalp

ANKARA (AA) – COVID-19 tests will be mandatory for wrestlers and officials at this year's Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling tournament, the Turkish Wrestling Federation announced Friday.

According to a statement, all participants will be required to submit a negative PCR test result done within the last 48 hours or they will not be able to enter the competition.

The 660th oil wrestling tournament was called off last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year's event will take place on July 9-11.

Oil wrestling, in which male wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil, is the national sport of Turkey.