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Wrestling makes a comeback in Senegal after yearlong wait

Wrestling in Senegal is a centuries-old tradition rooted in harvest festivals, and draws a fanatical following. Training has resumed after a year of coronavirus-related restrictions that had stopped them from practising their sport and on Sunday, the first major bout since the start of the pandemic will take place in a 20,000-seater stadium just outside of Dakar.

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Wrestling in Senegal is a centuries-old tradition rooted in harvest festivals, and draws a fanatical following. Training has resumed after a year of coronavirus-related restrictions that had stopped them from practising their sport and on Sunday, the first major bout since the start of the pandemic will take place in a 20,000-seater stadium just outside of Dakar.
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