Kirkpinar

Ismail Balaban Wins 656th Kirkpinar

Balaban narrowly missed out on the title in 2013, when he was beaten by Ali Gürbüz, who was later stripped of the title when he was exposed as one of 16 oil wrestlers who had tested positive for banned substances.

Recep Kara Wins Emotional 655th Kirkpinar

In an atmosphere filled with expressions of solidarity, more wrestlers than ever before competed in the 655th Kirkpinar in Edirne.
Special Report

Amid Turmoil, Edirne Readies for 655th Kirkpinar

While Turkey is wrestling with a coup attempt and the violent events that erupted from it resulting in 161 dead and 1,440 wounded, there is no announcement to postpone the 655th Kırkpınar olive oil wrestling tournament.

Orhan Okulu Wins 654th Kirkpinar

Okulu overpowered his opponent, Osman Aynur, who was the winner of the 2006 competition.
Olive Oil Times Special

654th Kirkpinar Coming to Edirne, Turkey

The annual oil wrestling festival opens July 20 and continues until the final round on July 26.

Fatih Atli Wins 653rd Kirkpinar

This year's wrestling tournament in Turkey required over 100 barrels of olive oil to coat the contestants.
Special Report

Rediscovering the Origins of Olive Oil in Turkey

Recent research reinforces Anatolia’s prominence in the history of olive oil, while consumption in Turkey remains well below that of its Mediterranean neighbors.