Wrestling is one of the world’s oldest sports, images of wrestling can be found in ancient cave drawings around the globe, and some date back as early as 15,000 years ago.
Wrestling first became a part of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece in 708 BCE. Then, in 1896, wrestlers competed in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens.
Ever since the Azerbaijani wrestling team won a total of seven medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the sport has become wildly followed in the country. The Olympic medalists are hugely popular, and are featured in national television ads, and can be spotted on billboards..
Perhaps the biggest star is Toghrul Asgarov, who brought home Olympic Gold in Freestyle Wrestling. You can imagine the excitement when I was invited to meet the national hero!