|Mizo Inchai ( Wrestling )
This Manipuri game resembles wrestling in many
ways. As in the more popular Indian form of wrestling, stamina, physical
strength and prowess are the attributes required for success.
The ground should be of soft sand, and contestants should wear thin
vests. Smearing the body with oil is not permitted, neither is the
wearing of rings or any article that can be injurious. The contest is
timed to three rounds, each lasting for 3 minutes. If a wrestler is
defeated in two rounds, he is declared the loser. Punching, slapping,
scratching or using of force with a knee - jerk or elbow jab are also
not allowed. Even the use of bad language by the contestants invites
A contestant is defeated when:
a) Both shoulders are pinned to the ground for a count of six, in
b) A wrestler is lifted into the air, and is kept suspended for a
count of six, in five seconds.
c) A wrestler is pinned on the ground, in any position for a count of
six in five seconds.
A single referee conducts a bout, assisted by ringside judes, who
allot points for every correct offensive posture. The total points of
each judge are taken into consideration when deciding on the winner.