Hagga Jagata, , is a sport that directly pits two teams against each other in a test of strength. The term may also be used as to describe a demonstration of brute strength by two opposing groups. In this scenario, there is often a third party who is considered the “rope” in the tug of war.
Two teams of eight, whose total mass must not exceed a maximum weight determined for the class, align themselves at the end of a Rope (approximately 10 centimetres in circumference). The rope is marked with a “centre line” and two markings four metres either side of the centre line. The teams start with the rope’s centre line directly above a line marked on the ground, and once the contest (the “pull”) has commenced, attempt to pull the other team such that the marking on the rope closest to their opponent crosses the centre line, or the opponents commit a foul (such as a team member sitting or falling down). Lowering ones elbow below the knee during a ‘pull’ known as ‘Locking’ is a foul, as well as touching the ground for extended periods of time. The rope must go under the arms, actions e.g. pulling rope over shoulders may be considered fouls. These rules apply in heavily weighted competitions. But in small entertainment competitions the rules are arbitrarily interpreted and vaguely followed.