Archive for July, 2015

Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling

The 654th Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival in the northwestern border city of Edirne attracted a record number of visitors this year. Edirne Mayor Recep Gürkan said that this year, a total of 1,923 wrestlers were registered at the event, setting a record. The annual tournament, which began Friday, is the oldest sanctioned sporting competition in the world and has been held in the same place since 1362.

Gunter Schöne: an Artist in an Ex-Stasi-Headquarter

As a West German you rarely enter the very Eastern parts of Berlin. Hohenschönhausen is known as one of the centers of power of the Former Communist Regime. The Stasi had it’s headquarters and a notorious prison there. Political prisoners would be tortured psysically and psychologically in there. A park hosts the former center for GDR’s sport athletes. For getting medals at the Olympics sportspeople would be abused with doping to demonstrate the superiority of the Communist system. Many of them suffered serious health problems later on.