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Ssireum World Championships in Lithuania

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Ssireum, a traditional Korean wrestling style, is taking a big step in its efforts to spread interest in the sport around the world.

The second World Ssireum Championships are set to take place in Siauliai, Lithuania Friday, where a total of 120 wrestlers and 80 representatives and officials from 40 countries will participate in the two-day event, according to the World Ssireum Federation (WSF). ...

The $30,000-competition will feature three categories ― the men's over 90 kilogram, the men's under 90 kilogram and the women's under 90-kilogram classes. The weight limit for men is 140 kilograms, a rule meant to limit the advantage competitors get from their size and promote technique as a deciding factor. ...

Ssireum has seen interest in the sport grow overseas as athletes from other martial arts have converted to it.

"Eastern Europe has high interest in ssireum, enough to ask us to give a training course,'' Cha Kyung-man, chairman of the referee committee, said.

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