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Gambia to host four-nation super tournament in African Traditional Wrestling

Oct 10, 2012, 10:32 AM

The Gambia government in collaboration with ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development department will for the first time host a four-nation Tournament in African Traditional Wrestling.

The event is expected to run from the 23rd to 25th November 2012.

The aim of the tournament, according to Mamudou Max Jallow executive secretary of the National Sports Council, is to sustain traditional and national sports, as well as complement efforts of ECOWAS to cement the integration of ECOWAS member states.

The participating countries are Nigeria, Niger, Senegal and The Gambia. Each country is allowed to bring 5 wrestlers in the categories of 120kg, 100kg, 86kg, 76kg, & 66kg, one coach and one head of delegation.

The Gambia Wrestling Association, according to the NSC press release, will select the best wrestlers to represent the country, as well as work with the National Sports Council to ensure the event is well coordinated.

“The general public is kindly requested to contact the National Sports Council Secretariat for partnership or sponsorship.We are expecting huge media coverage to promote the first Four-Nation Super Tournament in African Traditional Wrestling to be held in our beloved country. Our sincere appreciation goes to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for endorsing this tournament with blessing from the Office of the President,” the release further stated. ECOWAS is expected to be represented by a high-power delegation.