The 109th edition of Chattogram’s traditional wrestling competition “Jabbar-er Boli Khela” has been held at the port city's Laldighi Maidan.
Abdul Jabbar Smriti Kusti Praitijogita and Boishakhi Mela Committee organize the century-old popular wrestling competition and a three-day fair every year on 12th day of Bangla month Boishakh.
This year, Tarequl Islam Jibon alias Jibon Boli of Cox's Bazar’s Chakaria and Shahjalal of Cumilla had faced off for the title in the final, where Jibon emerged as the victor when Shahjalal was disqualified for alleged foul play.
A total of 86 wrestlers of different age groups from different parts of the country had contested in this year's competition.
[caption id="attachment_261349" align="aligncenter" width="800"]
Champion Jibon Boli receives the trophy from Chittagong City Corpporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin after winning the final of Jabbar-er Boli Khela at Laldighi Maidan in Chattogram city on Wednesday Anwar Hussain/Dhaka Tribune
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin distributed the trophies and the prize money to the champion and runner-up after the final.
Afterwards, Jibon said: “My joy knows no bounds.”
Former city corporation ward councillor MA Malek was the referee of the wrestling competition.
“Boli” is the colloquial term for wrestlers and “Khela” refers to sports, but in this case wrestling. The competition has no age limit and its diversity contributes in amassing a huge number of spectators from all over the country.
Abdul Jabbar, a rich merchant from Chattogram, started the competition in 1909 to encourage the youths to take part in the anti-British movement. The competition gained popularity over the years, particularly among the locals.
Last year, Didar Boli had clinched the title at the 108th edition of the competition, defeating the previous year’s champion Shamshul Alam alias Shamshu Boli.