Tug of War

Submitted by Shams Uddin on Wed, 2007-11-28 10:16.
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Tug of War

Tug of War, after polo, is another famous traditional sport of Chitral. The players of this sport come from rural settlements to form teams representing their villages in the cultural events and festivals. It is worth seeing, when the strong and sturdy players of the opposite teams, clad in their traditional rough woollen cloak or 'shooqa' to support the stiffness of the rope on their shoulders and thighs, throw down the gauntlet in the middle of the pitch. Every tug of war team has its own coach, who stands by the opposite camp to read through their weaknesses and direct its own team accordingly. It is believed that the victory of a tug of war team largely comes from the expertise and timely direction of its coach. It is a hard and tiring assignment for the players to dig in their heels in the dusty ground with determination and not to budge an inch against the intensive tugs of the rope from the opposite team. Sometimes, during a competition, the players, out of enormous physical exertion, are knocked out and hospitalized.


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