Wrestling Where Wrestling is the National Sport
A few weeks ago, as Quinn so humorously noted, another thread got hijacked and part of the discussion was wrestling in my country of Senegal in West Africa. This time I will start a new thread and post a recent championship. Someone posted a "traditional" wrestling match from here which had 2 skinny guys and assumed that wrestling is for skinny guys here. Not true!
This past Sunday they had a championship match between Yekini (undefeated champion since 2007) and Balla Gaye 2 the challenger. One throw wins the match as you will see if you click on the link below. Wrestling is the national sport here and this match was followed with great intensity all over the country. After the match every neighborhood in the city erupted in VERY loud cheering! There is much belief in mystical powers, thus their fetishes (cords on their body), mud and bathing in "spiritual" liquids. The challenger came with 45 marabouts (spiritual mediums) in his camp and that would be interpreted as why he won. Here is the link in case you want to watch it. It isn't too close to folkstyle or freestyle as you will see. But you have to admit, they're not skinny!
Balla Gaye 2 terrasse Yékini - YouTube
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