LAHORE - The world’s most famous and one of the best entertaining sports, the free-style wrestling is set make a debut at the Lahore’s National Hockey Stadium on December 2.

The event is being held under the title the Sports and Peace Wrestling Festival and is being held under the auspices of the Sports Board Punjab (SBP) as part of the Punjab Youth Festival’s international activity.

Briefing the media about the event, Deputy Speaker and Chairman Organising Committee Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan informed that world’s renowned martial arts expert and one of the great wrestlers of his time Antonio Inoki will be leading a team of 10 Japanese wrestlers from Japan to Pakistan. Director General Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab Usman Anwar was also present on the occasion.

Apart from Japanese wrestlers, three Russian and two American wrestlers are also expected to be part of the activity while efforts are being made to prepare Pakistan wrestlers for this style of wrestling, said Rana Mashood. “Pride of Pakistan in wrestling Nasir Bhollu will be the guest during the competitions and we are also discussing with him the wrestlers who could feature in this style of activity,” said Mashood. He said there was no wrestler in Pakistan who could compete in this style. But with the arrival of these foreign wrestlers arrangements would be made to adopt this style also, he added.

Mashood said that it was due to the positive vibes spread by the organisation of the Punjab Youth Festival that foreign teams have started to visit Pakistan. “The wrestlers will reach Pakistan on November 30 and arrive Lahore the following day on December 1 and on December 2 in Hockey Stadium arena will be set to host the event among the visiting wrestlers.” Some of the prominent wrestlers from Japan include Kazuyuki Fujita, Hideki Suzuki, Shinichi Suzukawa, Atsushi Sawada, Yoshihiro Asai, Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Maayuki Okamoto and Akira Jo.

“A special wrestling ring is being brought to Pakistan from Japan to host the event and will be installed at the National Hockey Stadium while the bouts will be held under lights,” he added.

To a query, Mashood said that Punjab government would not only provide proper security to the participating T20 team but would also be given Punjab’s true hospitality.

Speaking on the occasion, DG SBP Usman Anwar said that Sports Board was playing its due role in the conduct of the sports events and would also provide full support in the holding of the National Games. “The National Games will be organised in the same fashion as the Punjab Youth Festival was held,” Usman Anwar concluded.