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Mexican wrestlers get back to their pre-Columbian roots to survive amid COVID pandemic04:24

Mexican wrestlers get back to their pre-Columbian roots to survive amid COVID pandemic

Mexico, Mexico City
August 3, 2020 at 05:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

Wrestlers in Mexico have had the breaks put on their public performances as of late due to restrictions put in place to battle the coronavirus pandemic, preventing public performances and impacting an already meagre income.

To combat this, one Mexican wrestling family came up with the idea to make wrestling performances accessible for the public again, by utilising pre-Columbian farming plots called Chinampas. Chinampas are small fertile pieces of land only accesible by boats on shallow waterways, that people use to grow produce.

Footage from Mexico City on Saturday shows people arriving on the Chinampa, and several bouts taking place.

"We fight in a Chinampa because it is something different that has never been seen before. It is something that I feel draws attention since it is a 100 percent natural environment," said Gerardo Olivares Baron, fighter and organiser of "Chinampaluchas."

By using the space, people are able to keep distance, and the fights are broadcast online so fans can still enjoy the events.

Mexican wrestlers get back to their pre-Columbian roots to survive amid COVID pandemic04:24
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Wrestlers in Mexico have had the breaks put on their public performances as of late due to restrictions put in place to battle the coronavirus pandemic, preventing public performances and impacting an already meagre income.

To combat this, one Mexican wrestling family came up with the idea to make wrestling performances accessible for the public again, by utilising pre-Columbian farming plots called Chinampas. Chinampas are small fertile pieces of land only accesible by boats on shallow waterways, that people use to grow produce.

Footage from Mexico City on Saturday shows people arriving on the Chinampa, and several bouts taking place.

"We fight in a Chinampa because it is something different that has never been seen before. It is something that I feel draws attention since it is a 100 percent natural environment," said Gerardo Olivares Baron, fighter and organiser of "Chinampaluchas."

By using the space, people are able to keep distance, and the fights are broadcast online so fans can still enjoy the events.

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