Strength athletes from North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe will compete for world championship belts in two weight classes for women; and four weight classes for men. The competition will take place as a double elimination tournament, with fast, combative and entertaining matches.
MAS Wrestling is the international name used for the Yakut ethnosport derived from the traditional batting game mas tard’yhyy. MAS Wrestling – the national sport of Yakutia, Northeastern Siberia. Reminiscent of the Eskimo Stick Pull featured at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, as well as the Highland Games strength test The Swingle Tree (performed with a shepherd’s crook), participants in MAS wrestling competitions sit side by side facing each other, support their feet against the board that divides the competition area and pull on a wooden stick (MAS), making sure to start with the support board. MAS Wrestling has roots in Viking games that date back over a thousand years. In the Viking sagas it was called “kjevletrekk” in the Norse language and was an integral part of physical education throughout the millennium. MAS wrestling requires agility and great muscular strength in the hands, legs, back and abdominals, and is one of the best tests of functional strength.