Boli Khela is an indigenous form of wrestling in Bangladesh, especially popular in the Chittagong region considered to be a local sport of that region. As compared to other forms of wrestling available in the country, the sport has a long and rich history and people are known to practice it for a long time. In fact, it is part of the Dhaka culture. However, there have been allegations of match fixing and other corruption in the sport, which have made some wrestlers to leave the country in search for greener pastures. But, as long as the sport continues to exist in its own indigenous form, there will be those who will continue to love and admire it.
Boli Khela was first introduced to the world
when it was broadcast on television during the height of the Bangladesh National Assembly election. All of a sudden, a new and mysterious wrestling move had suddenly caught the attention of the public. A match between two opponents had been arranged in the middle of the assembly and when the match was called off stage for reasons unknown to the audience, the match was actually saved by the organizers. It became the talk of the town for a while until word got out that the contest was not fixed but just a stunt to distract the audience from what the opposition leader had just said during the campaign.
But then, slowly but surely, the people who came to appreciate the sport over time saw corruption in every element of the competition, which included both heal itself. The moves, called Vibram, were new and exotic, requiring techniques which were only taught to select students of martial arts. As a result, some of them were given a chance to compete, and they did. They won some and lost others. Some advanced their studies to studying grappling holds and developed their own styles of grappling which they used in their own competitions. Others became teachers and began instructing others to incorporate these new styles into their own moves.
Eventually, the more developed and became known as boli help. It was performed with both hands and was popularized by Asian wrestling contests that were held in Bangladesh and Japan. As it moved from here to there, it was taken up and trained by people in the Chittagong area in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and China. It was also taken up in other countries such as America, France and Germany where it began gaining popularity.
This is because it is quite hard for the wrestlers in these other countries to understand the basic principles of a Chittagong saeling. In Malaysia, however, the wrestling culture is quite strong and many wrestlers from other countries have been trained in this sport too. Thus, the competition in this area has been growing, which has made khela an extremely popular sport in the local area.
However, it must be noted that this particular style of wrestling is unique only to Bangladesh and not to India or Pakistan. In fact, only three of the seven world wrestling championships have ever been held in Bangla Desh and none so far in India or Pakistan. Thus, one can view this sport as very exclusive. One can say that it is for the champions of amateur wrestling only. Some of the top ranked wrestlers in India are Gopalakrishna Hechikar, Sushil Kumar and Prabhas Patil.
There are two main types of help that are practiced in Bangla Desh. The first one is called bali khela and the second one is also called traditional form of khela. In the traditional form of khela, the wrestlers stand facing each other and both of them hold hands with their thumb and forefinger on their right hand while the left hand is placed on the thumb and the fingers of the right hand. The head is also covered with a forehead scarf and the hands are raised up slightly. The shell is then brought down to the waist and the wrestlers repeat the move by switching the body weight to one side.
The basic purpose of this sport is to defeat the opponents. The opponents win or lose the match through points scored throughout the match. The sport of bali khela has become very popular all over the country and people from all age groups are taking part in this sport. Though the traditional form has been replaced by the modern version, the spirit of the sport will always live on.
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