"The following article was originally written in Russian by fellow armwrestling historian Oleg Stepanov. He is interested in finding out where the sport was first practiced, how it evolved, and ultimately how it spread around the world. Part of his work involves examining existing theories on where the sport originated to see I they pass muster. His work is not complete, but this article summarizes some of his findings to date.
I am very grateful that he has allowed me to translate his work and publish it on the Armwrestling Archives.
Most articles on the early history of armwrestling mention that the sport was practiced at least as far back as ancient Egypt, and that there are hieroglyphs that back up this claim. The first purported evidence is a complex of 39 ancient tombs in a cemetery site called Beni Hasan. Beni Hasan is a grandiose structure located about 20 kilometres south of Mynia, in Middle Egypt. It contains several painted rooms that have been preserved due to Africa’s dry climate. The tomb of Baqet III (21st century BC) is now referred to as the "Fight Hall", as its walls are painted with figures of fighters.
It is important to note that in the above text you will not find the statement that armwrestling was not practiced in ancient Egypt. I’ve simply presented you with the information available on the popular theories about the sport’s existence in the land of the pharaohs. I don’t know whether armwrestling existed in ancient Egypt or not – but I do not consider the purported evidence to be valid proof... " Read all article by Eric Roussin on www.thearmwrestlingarchives.com
/ Tomasz Wisniowski