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National Wrestling Championship slated for March 1

Feb 13, 2014, 9:51 AM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

The national wrestling championship has been slated for March 1. This year’s championship is jointly set in commemoration of the 49th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of The Gambia 18th of this month when The Gambia gained independence from the British on 18 February 1965.

The event is said to converge over 30 wrestlers from across the regions to compete at the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium.Central River Region is yet to produce their participants while Banjul is also to get theirs following their competition slated for Saturday 15 this month to be held at the Garba Jahumpa School in Banjul.

The categories to be competed on include 66kg, 76kg, 86kg, 100kg and 120 kg for whose championship the region is to produce 5 wrestlers.

This development was revealed yesterday at a press briefing at the Independence Stadium called by the National Sports Council and the wrestling association, following the recent concluded nationwide tour conducted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS).

Speaking at the briefing, the new MoYS’s appointed advocacy Officer Ida Bah said the ministry wishes to celebrate this year’s independence through the national wrestling championship.

Deputy Director of planning at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Pa Suwareh Faye, said that through the ministry’s collaboration with the National Sports Council and the national wrestling federation recently finished almost a 20-day tour to work on the wrestling activities.

In effective preparation towards the national championship, each region was given cash for the facilitation of its regional activities and to put wrestlers in place based on categories.

He thanked the head of state for the conducive environment which shelters all positive and productive activities in the nation including sports.

He however, disclosed the reschedule of the competition which was due on 15-18 of this month was because of the on-going renovation of the national stadium and to enable wrestlers to prepare well for the competition.

“Wrestling is one of our best partners; if I could fully remember as far as the MOYS is concerned, because all its activities are taken care of by the ministry both locally and internationally,” Faye disclosed.

National Sports Council’s desk officer Abdoulie Bojang said the sport has been in the nation over many years ago, which used to attract leaders from various disciplines.