Jibon Boli from Chakaria, Cox’s Bazar won the 109th title of the century-old traditional 'Jabbar-er Boli Khela' held at Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong on Wednesday.
He defeated Shahjahan Boli of Comilla to clinch the champion title. The horrendous competition between the two finalists lasted 20 minutes.
‘Jabbarer Boli Khela O Baishakhi Mela Udjapan Parishad' committee Secretary Shawkat Anwar Badal said a huge number of law enforcers, including members of Rapid Action Battalion and Detective Branch were deployed to ensure security during the wresting.
Some 100 players registered for taking part in the wrestling competition.
Didar Boli, hailing from Ramu in Cox’s Bazar, clinched the title of the 108th 'Jabbar-er Boli Khela' last year and he participated in the Boli Khela for 15 times and took the championship for 13 times.
The 'Boli Khela was introduced in the early 20th century by Abdul Jabbar Saodagar. His desire was to cultivate a sport that would prepare youths to fight against the British rule which is a self-defence without weapons. It started in 1909. The traditional wrestling was named after the name of Jabbar.
Besides, a three-day Baishakhi fair began on Monday in and around the Laldighi Maidan on the occasion of the ‘Boli Khela’.