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Senegal’s Traditional Wrestling Overshadowed by Modern Professional Wrestling

Traditional wrestling is part of Senegal’s cultural heritage, encompassing social integration and education, but its true form is dying out. Today, most people tend to focus on professional wrestling. Apart from the Flag of the Head of State – a national wrestling tournament dedicated to the head of state and bringing together wrestlers from all regions of the country – which is organised by the National Management Committee (the body responsible for the administration of wrestling), traditional wrestling is absent from the country’s cultural policy projects and programmes. The sports and culture ministries must invest in preserving and highlighting Senegalese traditional society, including traditional wrestling.