Salvatore Di Gregorio
An Old Fight. Kushti, traditional wrestling on red clay, is an ancient art practised in India, Pakistan and Iran. Kushti imposes strict rules on the wrestlers, some of whom start training as young as five years old. They often come from poor backgrounds, and fighting represents the chance of a better life. Some Kushti champions won medals at the London Olympics, and the Indian government is seeking to shi# the best wrestlers to train on mats rather than clay following the Olympics rules. Here in Kolhapur, India, Kushti is still practised in its original form, for now.
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