Mar 31, 2010, 9:20 AM
The Secretary General of the Gambia Wrestling Federation has called on more wrestling promoters to come on board to help promote what he says is The Gambia’s traditional sport.
Habibou Nyassi, speaking at the end of a wrestling contest staged by Njie Gorre Promotion recently, called for support to revive wrestling, which has remained dormant for many years.
The competition was held last weekend at the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium in celebration of the Head of State’s 48th birthday.
Nyassi further said that witnessing the Njie Gorre competition made him see what they have been praying for. “Wrestling was dormant for many years; it is however coming up like any other disciplines in the country.”
He further urged the youth to take up wrestling as part of their life, saying that the promotional competition will be a source of living for the youth.
In giving examples of wrestlers from neighbouring country, Senegal, he said those wrestlers are what they are today because “they have been receiving support from their people through which they help their own families”.
“Those wrestlers are now making it through wrestling and our own Gambian wrestlers can be if they are supported,” Nyassi pointed out, while urging the government, the private sector and individuals to support wrestling.