Gambia Wrestling Association, wrapped up a 3-day training workshop for practicing wrestlers and regional referees on Thursday 23 June 2022 at the Janjanbureh Youth Center in the Central River Region.
Thirty (30) participants drawn across all regions of the country were trained on modules such as Entrepreneurship (Trade in Services of Traditional Sport as a Tourism Product and its Export Potential), Wrestling as a business career model for socio-economic development, Climate Change and traditional influence to the wrestling sport in rural communities, influence of intellectual property rights and policy to promote traditional sport, fair play refereeing and rules of the game, practical diagnostics and tactical performance and many more.
Declaring the workshop closed, Project Leader Chris Addy-Nayo thank the GWA and the participants for what he described as a successful three days spent. He renewed his commitment to the full implementation of the project.
President of the Gambia Wrestling Association Serign Modou Faye called on the participants to shear the knowledge gained and promised that his administration will not relent on its efforts to train wrestling more Stakeholders as possible.
Professor Abdou Badji, while presenting wrestling books to the GWA said it's always an honor for him to be invited by the GWA to shear his knowledge, adding that Gambia and Senegal are one people. Mr Badji reminded the participants of the reasons they were selected by their respective regions and urged them to be practicing what they learned on their training grounds to perfect the skills.
Delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of his colleagues Mbye Kah a referee, thank the GWA and partners for the opportunity, adding that wrestling in the Gambia is more advanced today "any active in wrestling can attest to the fact that Gambia wrestling under the current executive have made some significant steps forward. This training will go a long way in developing our skills and knowledge of the sport," he said while promising that they will make best use of the knowledge gained.
Speaking earlier, Pa Ousman Bouy the Accountant at GCCI who also double as the Financial Controller of the Project said, the fencing of the Arenas will soon commence as some areas have already handed over their complete document.
At the end of the 3 days intensive training, all 30 participants were certified.
The project dub "promoting investment in culture, creative arts and traditional sports to enhance resilience against climate change in local communities" is a EU funded project and is expected to build 8 to 10 wrestling arenas Nationwide, train wrestling Stakeholders and conduct a Scooping Study.
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