The wrestlers to join into the wrestling contests need
to know the rules and the regulations about the
to join the greased wrestling contests must have their
licenses. For the juniors the medical certificate is enough.
The licenses are vised every year. The ones who are
providently brought to The Discipline Committee, who are
penalized and got their licenses revocation cannot wrestle
anywhere until their penalties have ended. For 15 year old
wrestler, their picture must be on their certificates of
birth. The ones over 40 years cannot join the wrestling.
The wrestlers who are 40 years old can wrestle in the first
class category, traditional, local or Kirkpinar wrestling
according to the decision of The Central Arbitration
Wrestling Contest Regulations
Aim, Scope, Basis and Definitions
Article 1: The aim of these regulations is to
guarantee that the greased wrestling which serves as a
source to the wrestling on mat will be performed under the
Article 2: These
regulations include the arbitraments which set the related
procedures and the basis about the duty, authority and their
responsibilities, technical game, travel ratios and the
reward in all the greased wrestling organizations to be held
on the country level by Turkish Wrestling Federation.
Article 3: The
regulations are set on the basis of the article 10 of The
Law about The Organization and Jurisdiction No: 3283 of The
Youth and Sports Department.
Article 4: This declares
Head Office: The Youth
and Sports Department,
Referee Committee: Turkish
Wrestling the Greased Wrestling Central Arbitration
Action Committee: The
top committee of the greased wrestling committees,
Science and Training Committee: The greased wrestling
Technical Committee: The greased wrestling technical
Health Committee: The greased wrestling health
Federation Organization Committee: The organization
committee which provides the national and the international
greased wrestling contests,
Region Organization Committee: The committee which is
established by the committees organizing the greased
Representative: The person, who represents Turkish
Wrestling Federation in the contest,
Youth and Sports Provincial Chairman: The governor,
Youth and Sports County Commissioner:
The district governor,
Agha: The person, who undertakes the spiritual
patronage of the organization to be arranged,
Announcer: The person, who introduces the wrestlers
according to their categories by telling poems,
Local Organizations: The
organizations to be held periodically by the organizations,
First Class Organizations: The organizations to be
held every 3 years,
Traditional Organizations: The organizations which
are held every 5 years and advance to the traditional ones,
Certificate of Authority
The certificate of Authority arranging the greased
wrestling, the Declaration and the Written Contract
Article 5: The public
organizations, The city halls, Socially Serving Clubs, The
unions, The Anniversary Celebrations, The Committees holding
Feasts can organize the greased wrestling contests within
the framework of the provisions of The Regulations provided
that They have to get The Certificates of Authority for the
greased wrestling organizations from Turkish Wrestling
Federation. The political parties and their other branches
cannot organize the greased wrestling contests.
In the case that more than one artificial people who have
consulted to Turkish Wrestling Federation through the
channel of The Youth and Sports Provincial Managers demand
for organizing, The Federation is authorized for the choice
and the determination.
Turkish Wrestling Federation gathers every year on December
to set the dates of the greased wrestling organizations and
the certificate of authority are received from The
Federation by the related organization committee on January.
2) The applications for Historical Kirkpinar, the
first class and the local class wrestling are done to The
Youth and Sports Provincial Directorate at least 30 days
before the contests. It is obliged that the applications
with the needed documents shall be sent to The Federation.
Otherwise, there cannot be any contests.
3) Within the period of the historical Kirkpinar
greased wrestling, no certificate of authority shall be
given to any organizations in Turkey.
4) For the wrestling contests to be done in the
village wedding feast, the permission from the related The
Youth and Sports Provincial Managers is enough. In these
weddings feast, there cannot be any ticket selling and agha
selection. The assigned referees are charged by the
provincial referee committee or the provincial wrestling
representative and are informed to The Federation.
5) In the same provinces, two or more traditional
organizations cannot be got permission. The authorized one
to give the certificates of authority for the first class or
local organizations is The Federation.
b) On the basis of the total of the monetary rewards
for the wrestlers in the greased wrestling organization
while the application for the certificate of authorized is
being done, the 10 per cent of that money is paid into the
account of The Federation. It is obliged that the receipt,
as attached to the application paper for the certificate of
authority, is presented. But, the paid money cannot be cut
from the monetary rewards. The rewards of the local, the
first class and the traditional wrestling are reported to
The Provincial Managers every year. 10 per cent of the total
of the monetary rewards of Kirkpinar is paid into the
account of The Youth and Sports Provincial Managers.
Those who demand for the certificate of authority have to
give the documents below.
1) The permission paper of The Youth and Sports
Provincial Managers (3 copies)
2) The written contract (3 copies)
3) The reward table (3 copies)
4) The bank receipt (3 copies)
The Types of Organizations:
Article 6: The types of
the greased wrestling contests are given below:
a) The local organizations are held within the year.
b) The first class organizations are held every 3
years. The organizations which will get the traditional or
first class organizations status without filling their time
can be done with the decision of The Federation Central
Referee Committee. The existence of the technical
opportunities is considered.
c) The traditional organizations are held at least
every 5 year.
The Duties and Authorizations of the Board of Directors of
Turkish Wrestling Federation
Article 7: There listed below the duties and
authorizations of the board of directors of Turkish
Wrestling Federation related to the greases wrestling:
a) In the
necessary cases, drawing proposals of The Greased wrestling
b) Investigating the applications for the greased
wrestling organizations, if they are found all right, giving
the certificates of authority, determining the criteria in
the necessary cases.
c) By sending the representative to the greased
wrestling organizations, monitoring the arbitraments,
helping the organization committee and giving the final
d) The monitoring the procedures for the referee and
the wrestler which are received by The board of Penalty,
e) Evaluating the proposal of The Referee Committee
f) Controlling the appropriateness of the announcers
announce and attributes to the public morality and the fair
The Board of Directors of
Federation may attorn partially or wholly the duties and
authorizations related with The Regulations to The Action
Committee approved by The General Manager.
The Duties and Authorizations of the Observer Referee
Article 8: The Observer Referee is charged by The
Federation and there listed below the duties and
authorizations of the observer referee:
a) Reporting about The Field and Tower referees,
b) Inspecting the attires of the referees according
to the regulations,
c) Make the reports which are written in the contests
to be sent to The Federation
The Duties and Authorizations of the Representative
a) Keeping the organization as they should be,
b) Keeping the contest appropriate for The
Regulations and helping the organization,
c) Presenting the lacks and difficulties to occur in
the contest to The Federation by reporting,
d) Holding meeting with the referees charged in the
organizations committee and the contest and other charged
people, taking the precautions to keep the contest to be
e) And the representative of The Federation will give
the agha increase money to Turkish Wrestling Federation.
Selection of Agha at the Greased Wrestling Organizations
and His Duties
Article 9: The selection of agha and the bidding
charges are stated below:
a) The selection of agha custom might be carried on
as undertaking the financial supporter and the spiritual
bearer in the organizations. The selection of the agha is
carried out by the corporate that will hold the organization
via public auction a year after the finals of the head
wrestling. Agha is the natural member of the organization.
b) 5 per cent of the public auction for the local and
first class traditional wrestling and 10 per cent of the
public auction for Kirkpinar wrestling will be put into the
account of The General Management by agha at least 2 months
later. In cases these conditions are not set, the
attribution as agha will be cancelled.
c) The permission for the organizations which have
not given any the agha saving money to hold organizations
again will be given provided that the agha saving money are
paid into the account before the wrestling organization at
the same year.
d) The certificate of authority will not be given to
the owner of the organization which did not pay the agha
e) The representative of The Federation gets the agha
saving money and brings to the Turkish Wrestling Federation.
The Duties and the Dress of the Announcer
Article 10: The announcer is the person who presents
the wrestlers according to their sizes by reciting
traditional poems. At any rate, the announcer cannot recite
any poems which are humiliating and dishonorable. In the
field of contest, there is no chance to be given for
advertising of the political parties. The politicians who
come to watch the wrestling are announced without their law
After the matching in the field of the greased wrestling the
announcer makes the announcements to the wrestlers and the
spectators relying on the directions of the tower referee.
He cannot sell any picture and collect any money. Those who
do not obey the rules are sent to The Board of Penalty and
are not assigned until their penalties are over. They dress
the folklore clothes which The Federation determines. They
announce along the directions of the action committee. The
announcer has to get The Federation ID card. Those without
ID card are not assigned.
The Clothes of the Drummer and the Horn Player
Article 11: In the traditional, First Class and Local
wrestling, folkloric clothes of the region are primal. It is
important that these clothes should be different from the
ones of the announcer.
The Organization Committee
Article 12: The organization Committee is formed by at
least 5 judicial people who have given a written notice to
the local civil chief and have the certificate of authority
from The Federation. The chairman of this committee is
chosen among this committee. This committee is obliged to be
formed except the wedding feasts.
In these organizations, the invitation protocol bases are
being executed under the control of the local civil chief.
The Rules and Duties
Article 13: In the greased wrestling activity, there
are Action, Science and Training, Technical, Health and
Organizations committees. Each committee consists of at
least 5 people to be appointed by The Chairman of Federation
and chooses a chairman among themselves.
The duties of the committees are these;
a) The Action Committee is the most authorized organ
which is taking the decision relating to the greased
wrestling in the behalf of The Federation Board of
Directors. The Action Committee coordinates the committees
stated in The Regulations, controls them, takes the required
precautions and directs then. Moreover; it determines the
sportsmen to be sent to the organizations abroad and the
directors, the other assigned people.
b) The Science and Training Committee detects the
every kind of needs related with the greased wrestling,
prepares the scientific and educational media.
c) The Technical Committee holds a consultation with
the greased wrestling, delivers conflicting opinions about
the technical issues.
d) The Health Committee helps the sportsmen with
their drawbacks and requires supports for their treatments.
It studies about the nourishment of the sportsmen,
determines the medicines that the sportsmen can use and
informs the sportsmen about the doping as studying about it.
e) The Organization Committee makes the complete
preparations of the aids which are required for the field of
wrestling and the greases wrestling and which are stated in
The Regulation, takes the precautions which help the press
members assigned for the wrestling do their job properly and
help the spectators see the contest without any handicap. It
obtains the sings and the special clothes for the press
members and prevents the press members form going to the
moors; it helps the greased wrestling organizations,
controls the local organizations committee, considers the
demands for the certificates of authority and carries
studies about the organizations to be held abroad.
f) The Federation Organization Committee decides the
dates of the national and the international contests, and
ensures the contest to be performed properly and helps the
The Field of Wrestling
The Field of Wrestling and Arrangement
Article 14: It is obliged that the field of wrestling
has to be arranged under the control of The Youth and Sports
Provincial or County Management and The Representative of
The Federation complying with the rules and the conditions.
a) The field of wrestling has grass ground and is in
30 m X 30 m dimensions away from the spectators and is
surrounded with the rope or wire.
b) There are the health equip, ambulance or a special
vehicle for the same purpose in the field of the wrestling.
c) For the greased wrestling the olive oil with 1.5
degree acid is maintained.
d) There is covered changing room secured for the
e) Near the field of wrestling the bathing place is
maintained. If necessary, there is to reserve spaces in
f) There are spaces for the wrestlers waiting for the
g) For the tower referees, a space where they can see
the field of wrestling fully is reserved from the middle of
one corner of the field of wrestling. Those who are not
assigned cannot seat near them. The tower has at least 2
meter high. And in the tower those who are assigned for
registration and the announcer take place. The sound system
The Field Commissary
Article 15: The enough number of the field
commissaries is appointed by the organization committee in
the local wrestling, in the traditional and firs class
organizations, the representative tower referee of The
Federation is appointed by the chairman of the organization
committee. The field commissary cooperates with the
authorized people of the organization and the security
police in order to ensure the press members to be at right
places prevent spectators from intruding into the field,
keep the organization in order and under discipline, and
ensures the reward ceremony. He is acting under the
directions of the tower head referee. He is paid the same as
The License and the Registration Procedure
The Necessity of the License and the Participation in the
Article 16: The wrestlers to participate in the
greased wrestling must have the licenses. For the little,
the doctor report and the parent assent are enough. The
licenses are visaed very year. The ones who are sent to The
Penalty Board as advised, the one of whose licenses are
canceled cannot wrestle anywhere until their penalties are
over. It is a must that the 15 year old wrestlers have to
put their pictures on their id cards.
The Registration Procedures of the Wrestlers, the Medical
Examinations and the Selection of the Categories
Article 17: The registration procedures, the medical
examinations and the selection of the categories of the
wrestlers are committed as below.
a) The wrestlers to join in the greased wrestling
contest are registered by giving their license to the
organization committee enrolment office. The categories of
the wrestlers are selected by the assigned tower head
referee. The registration, determining the selection of the
categories and the medical examinations are completed 2
hours before the contests.
b) The ones who are confirmed that they have skin
illnesses in preventing degree and have physical problems by
the doctor cannot join in the contest.
c) The ones who are confirmed as not qualified to
wrestlers by the referee who are selecting the categories
cannot wrestle. The criteria such as failing long time in
the contests, getting so fat and bulky, having long nails
are considered while the referees are using their rights to
d) The one should not be over 40 year to wrestle in
the local, first class, traditional and Kirkpinar wrestling.
The wrestlers in their 40th ages may be allowed to wrestle
in the local, first class, traditional and Kirkpinar
wrestling with decision of The Central Arbitration Committee
as taking the consideration of the degrees and performances
that the wrestlers achieved last 2 years.
The Provisions about the Categories
The Heights and the Categories for the Wrestlers
Article 18: In the greased wrestling organizations,
there are two types applications as one of then is the
traditional wrestling and the other one is the local and the
first class wrestling:
a) The Heights which The Federation announces in
January every year are arranged as below:
1- Little One,
2- Little Two,
4- Very Windy,
5- Deck Small,
6- Deck Middle,
7- Deck Big,
8- Small Middle Small,
9- Small Middle Big,
10- Middle Big,
b) In the local wrestling the heights are arranged as
3- Very Windy,
5- Small Middle,
6- Big Middle,
In case there are so many wrestlers in the small middle and
the deck heights, these heights are divided with the
decision of the arbitration committee and the organization
committee. Deck Small, Deck Big Middle Small and Small
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