sincerely wrestling

wrestling.jpg this does not directly have to do with istanbul, (except for the fact that the singer&entertainer i will mention – i.e. fatih urek – “often appears in the trendy bars of istanbul.“) alright so it goes: fatih urek, a gay singer makes a bid to host the kirkpinar yagli guresleri turnuvasi (the national tournament of male oil-wrestling). then comes the controversy. male oil-wrestling is a traditional sport symbolling manhood and bravery and a gay host would overshadow the matches, say the deputy members.

urek.jpgtwo half-naked men with bodies covered in olive oil wrestling for hours may be associated with bravery, courage etc. for many, and directly with sexuality for others. the deputy members are surely aware that male oil-wrestling has become a fetish for many gay men in turkey and abroad, they just do not like it when it is explicitly mentioned. back in 2000, they were also outraged to hear that the Bears of Turkey were organising a trip to the tournament. they tried to have the outing stopped, the sports federation chairman even said that they found this disgusting; here is a report from the archives of the bears. don’t know if they succeeded back then. back to today and the fatih urek controversy: the mayor of kirkpinar has publicly invited gay people to attend the tournament as spectators. as for fatih urek, he sure will not be prohibited to make a bid, but seriousness and solemnity is required and his chances are low, said a former Aga (turkish term for the tournament host). next, you see urek contemplating his chances for being elected.

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