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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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