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Senegal to Extend Wrestling Season to Prevent Fight Promoters from Losing Millions

Fight promoters will be saved from incurring huge losses after its governing body promised to extend the Senegalese wrestling season to October this year.

August 15 was the stipulated date to mark the official closure of the campaign but after the suspension of two major fights owing to the recent tragic stadium stampede, the Senegalese wrestling federation is considering extending the season to at least October.

Modou Lo and Lac 2 –two very notable names in the highly followed sport – were scheduled to battle in a rematch which ended in a draw.

However, the combat had to be indefinitely put off, 24 hours before the clash, after it emerged that pavilions of the Stade Demba Diop –venue for the fight –collapsed during a local derby cup final, killing up to eight people with dozens of others injured.

The suspension of the combat plunged the Ama Balde-Papa Sow fight, initially billed for July 25th, in limbo. The situation rendered camps of all wrestlers bereft with fight promoters at risk of seeing millions of CFA’s investment on the brink of accumulating to nothing.

Aware of the lingering predicament, the Senegalese sports minister and the wrestling federation are now considering concluding the season, two months before the much-anticipated combat between deposed King of Arena Balla Gaye and Gris Bordeaux, which is slated for 1st January 2018 in the USA.



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