Jul 10, 2008, 8:38 AM
Abdou Badjie, alias “Eumeu Sene” from Busura Lower Basic School Region II, has been crowned national champion of schools after pulling down his opponent Ebrima Jallow, alias “Gris Bordeau” of Pakalinding Lower Basic School, Region IV, at a recent wrestling final competition organised by SOS Children Village in Bakoteh.
The competition involved participants from Region I to VI in which a region was represented by one Lower Basic School. The participants were Bakau, Busura, Kuntair, Pakalinding, Panchang and SOS Lower Basic schools.
The competition, held at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium, attracted many government officials and other personalities. It was organised by the SOS Children Village to encourage children in sports, especially in wrestling.
After the competition, all the competitors were presented with packages such as school materials to enhance their learning.
No one is deemed a loser, as the competition was organised to encourage children in sport, which all the participants benefited from.
Speaking to Pointsports, winner Eumeu Sene said he had the confidence he was going to win the trophy.
He was defeated during the first round but was hopeful he would make it at the end of the day, which he finally did.
For his part, Balla Gaye 2, the Senegalese wrestling champion who visited the scene during the final competition, encouraged the children to keep up the momentum and spirit of the sport, as well as thanked Gambians for the warm welcome accorded him.
“Gambians made me feel at home,” Bala said, thanking all his fans and the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh for their love for him.The Senegalese wrestling champion revealed that he would like to have a training ground for young wrestlers to develop their skills in wrestling as they aspire to become champions