Sudan seeks international recognition for the sport of “Nuba wrestling”

The Sudanese Wrestling Federation is communicating with international organizations to obtain international recognition for this sport through a recently updated rule book to unify the way tribes play it.

“We are on a level,” said federation president Allah Jabu Suleiman Kabu Sudanese Wrestling FederationAfter the founding of the federation in October of 2001, we had to put in place laws that govern this sport, laws that are common to all, so that competitors can always rule on them at the level of sports. Wrestling sport..”

“Thank God, now the laws have become clear, the laws have become known to all, there must be a victory, although we see some matches end in a draw, but these matches are friendly matches, but when there is real competition, the competition that can qualify one to reach the stage of winning the gold medal There has to be a winner.”

Competitors practice Nuba wrestling Usually at festive matches on the occasion The end of the horse seasonD and each tribe plays it differently. Kabu explained that the need to unify the rules of the game arose when tribal members moved to Khartoum and established wrestling rings.

Since then, wrestling has become Nuba popular sport In the rest of the country it attracts not only men but also women and children.

“We are working hard to be Sudanese wrestlingWith this great name, Nuba wrestling, with this name that can give privacy, that she be present, God willing, on a level Olympic sport In the near future, we are also currently working with the Olympic Committee and the International Federation. This issue requires tremendous effort and takes a long time.

Nuba wrestling ritual

  • On the day of the match, wrestlers arrive in the arena wearing shorts and T-shirts, their bodies covered with sand and white ash.
  • Wrestlers compete using legs and arms, and the winner of the round is the one who can knock his opponent to the ground.
  • Each wrestler must undergo several rituals before they start facing their opponents, as they follow a diet of different types of traditional foods such as meat, honey and other local mixtures.
  • The Sudanese Wrestling Federation is working on translating the rulebook and submitting it to the International Wrestling Federation in order for the game to be recognized as an international sport and to be registered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“We’re doing well,” Capo said Wrestling sport It is a well-known sport, a sport that is practiced according to a clear law, as well as this law that we are now working on translating to raise it to the International Wrestling Federation so that this sport is considered a global sport.

The “Land of Light” festival was held on the sixth and seventh of January in Khartoum and included many cultural activities, including wrestling and rowing in the Blue Nile andFolk dance with swordswith the aim of presenting the heritage and culture of Sudan.

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