Intl wrestling championship opens in N China
Wrestlers compete at the Inner Mongolia International Bokh Championship at Inner Mongolia Normal University (IMNU) in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Sept 28. [Photo/IC]
Inner Mongolia International Bokh Championship opened at Inner Mongolia Normal University (IMNU) in Hohhot, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Sept 28.
A total of 128 wrestlers from the autonomous region, Shanghai, and Guangdong and Heilongjiang provinces, as well as Russia and Mongolia competed in the two-day tournament.
The event was organized by Inner Mongolia Sports Bureau and IMNU, with the aim of promoting the traditional sport to an international audience.
Six Mongolian wrestlers and 58 wrestlers from Inner Mongolia and Shanghai qualified for the first knockout round.
The first ever championship was held in Mongolia's capital in April 2008.
Bokh means unity and persistence in the Mongolian language. Traditional Mongolian wrestling, along with horsemanship and archery, is considered one of the "three manly skills" of the Mongolian ethnic group. It is believed that Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire helped keep his army in shape by ensuring that they regularly practiced the three skills.
The wrestling was listed as a State-level intangible cultural heritage in 2006.