Alysh (Алыш) is a term for Central Asianfolk wrestling or "belt wrestling" as incorporated in the International Belt Wrestling Association (IBWA).
Alysh is an upright wrestling style. Competitors wear trousers, jackets and belts, and must hold on to their opponents' belts at all times. Their objective is to throw their opponents onto the mat. Throws are given scores between 1 and 6, based on what part of the opponent lands on the mat. The first player to win 6 points wins the match. Alysh is recognized by the world governing body for wrestling, United World Wrestling (UWW), as "belt wrestling alysh".
The development of the involvement of sports clubs with illegal drug traffic in South Kyrgyzstan is largely associated with IFWBA and its former president Bayaman Erkinbayev. Erkinbaev also became a member of parliament in Kyrgyzstan in 2005. He was assassinated in September of the same year.
^A. Kupatadze, 'Criminal Networks in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan and Young Male Sportsmen', M. Demet Ulusoy (ed.), ';Political violence, organized crimes, terrorism, and youth, NATO, IOS Press, 2008, ISBN 978-1-58603-903-5, p. 183