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N°: 200/2013
1 July 2013 [Dakar - Senegal]

SENEGAL RETAINS TITLE AT SIXTH ECOWAS WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Senegal confirm its dominance of West Africa’s traditional wrestling by overwhelming arch rivals Niger 5-0 in the group match to retain its title at the sixth edition of the ECOWAS wrestling which ended on Saturday, 29th June 2013 in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. The victory gave the Teranga Stars their fifth gold medal, consigning Niger to silver while Nigeria took the bronze after beating Guinea Bissau. The Stars also proved their supremacy in the individual events by winning three gold medals and 1 bronze followed by Niger with one gold, two silver, and while Nigeria came third with one silver and one bronze. This sixth edition of the regional tournament, held at Dakar’s Iba Mar Diop Stadium, witnessed a high turnout from Member States and high level officials including the President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, Senegal’s minister of sports, Honorable Mbagnick Ndiaye and the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Gender, Dr. Adrienne Diop. The President who attended the closing ceremony used the occasion to commend the government and people of Senegal for their contribution and support which ensured the success of the tournament, one of the two regional wrestling competitions organised by the Ouagadougou based ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre. He particularly praised Senegal’s National Committee for Control and Management of Traditional Wrestling for the excellent facilities provided for the event and the 13 Member States that participated. “If the ECOWAS Commission, through its Center for Youth Development and Sports (EYSDC) can be proud of the success of these competitions, then you too must be proud of your contribution and dynamism at national and regional levels which goes towards our goal of development and strengthen of regional integration and achieving the ECOWAS Vision 2020, “ The President affirmed. He advised that the tournament be seen also as a platform for investors and employers of labour for many young talented Senegalese, which would improve the standard of the sport so that it can enjoy an image comparable to that of professional football in Europe. President Ouedraogo noted that the event had “become essential for athletes of the community and a global benchmark, in terms of showcasing our rich culture and customs while promoting the visibility of the community and highlighting our cohesion and ability to promote the different heritage of our people. Also Speaking at the closing ceremony, Minister Ndaiye, congratulated ECOWAS and Senegal’s National Committee for the Management of Wrestling for their contributions to the success of the tournament. He reaffirmed the commitment of the Government and People of Senegal to ECOWAS’ objective to engender socio- economic development and regional integration through sports and raising the international status of African wrestling. Below are the overall final ranking Country Team placement: Gold - Senegal Silver- Niger Bronze - Nigeria Individual Weight Categories: 66kg Gold - Moussa Faye (Senegal) Silver - Fredric Doh (Burkina Faso Bronze - Famara Diedhiou (Gambia) 76kg Gold – Ibrahim Tassiou (Niger) Silver – Augusto Minanda (Guinea Bissau) Bronze – Oumar Diouane (Senegal) 86kg Gold - Birahima Ndour (Senegal) Silver – Adamou Yacouba (Niger) Bronze – Lucky Opiah (Nigeria) 100kg Gold - Abdoulaye Sanogo (Mali) Silver – Senevi Botic (Nigeria) Bronze – Malo Jean Noel (Cote d’Ivoire) 120kg Gold - Thiaka Faye (Senegal) Silver – Abu Lahou Sabo (Niger) Bronze – Tchalim Esso Rouram (Togo)


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