Jun 7, 2013, 11:24 AM
The election of the Gambia Wrestling Association, set for Saturday, has been postponed due to a disagreement between aspiring candidates on issues regarding the constitution of the voting procedure.
The election, according to National Sports Council’s executive secretary Mamudou Max Jallow, will now take place in two weeks’ time to help members of the association to regularize matters concerning their constitution.
After all the reports were read on Saturday, the congress failed to proceed at the Independence Stadium Friendship Hotel in Bakau.
The congress was witnessed by a good number of associations with their various representatives.
Speaking earlier, Max Jallow, on behalf of the NSC, thanked the Gambia Wrestling Association’s executive for responding positively to their call.
The Gambia was ranked 3rd position during the 4th ECOWAS traditional wrestling held in Senegal last June, he said, adding that they are proud to note that Gambian wrestlers had participated in many international championships.
He noted that those who should promote and manage wrestling effectively in the country must be able to distinguish the modern traditional wrestling accepted at the Olympic Games as well as sustaining the face to face one.
He urged the associations to work together to develop wrestling in the country.
Jallow also warned against conducting the country’s wrestling sport on tribal lines; rather it should be guided on national focus.
“People wrestle on categories of weight not ethnicity anymore,” he said.
The wrestling association receives the full backing and support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the leadership of Alieu K. Jammeh.
According to the treasurer, Yankuba Jatta, when the outgoing executive headed by Matarr Jarju took over office, they inherited “nothing” but his present executive were able toleave with the association a cash balance of D23,000, with which it has been able to forge ahead progressively.