Kushti is a traditional form of wrestling popular across India, Pakistan and South-East Asia. It takes place on an area of wet earth or sand.
Traditionally bouts lasts between 1 to 10 minutes with the winner being declared only when one of the opponents submits or their full back is held to the floor.
The Indo Pak Kushti Championship rounds last on average between 15 to 20 minutes as elite professionals battle until one submits or their back is held fully on the floor as in traditional competitions.
Kushti wrestling is growing in popularity as it moves from villages and towns to big cities and arenas.
The media loves Kushti as it attracts large audiences worldwide wherever India and Pakistan expatriates live. Recent high profile movies have captured new followers keen to know more about the sport and its exponents.
Kushti wrestlers are gaining popularity and followers on social media as fans want to know more about their champions.
Indo Pak Kushti wrestling engages nations, and passion for traditional sport with modern heroes.
To bring a traditional sport popular in India and Pakistan, and in the Indian & Pakistan communities here in the UAE, to the big arena and to the community at large. The event develops Kushti wrestling into a modern day sport with mass appeal. It also encourages sports tourism as Kushti is popular across the region.