BY: Alieu Ceesay
Wrestling used to be the country’s most popular sport but after years of dormancy, efforts are well underway to revive the traditional sport with the private sector slowly coming in to consolidate the efforts of the promoters.
One of those private sector actors making a name for itself in the wrestling domain is Gam Housing Real Estate, who for the second time have allocated plots of land to wrestlers after winning their bout, staged by local wrestling promoters in the country.
The latest is wrestler Hoyantan after the Club Ndongo-Ceesay wrestler defeated wrestler Gambien of Kharange Family on Saturday at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. The contest was organized by Lamin Cham of Champion Sounds Promotion.
In an interview with Gambia Sports to find out what is keeping the company in wrestling,
Lamin Mboge, CEO of Gam Housing Real Estate said the love for wrestling in the country is growing among Gambians and as part of their social corporate responsibilities they deemed it fitting to support the sport.
“The Government cannot do it all alone and as a private sector, we deemed it fitting to come in and contribute our quota.”
He disclosed that the winner of Saturday's contest (Hoyantan) would receive a plot of land from Gam Housing at their Sanyang Estate. “We want to see that wrestling is a lucrative sport for our young people like those making millions in football. Therefore, we are committed to this cause,” said Mbodge.
Abdoulie Bojang alias Ablo, desk officer for wrestling at the National Sports Council commended Gam Housing for coming in to support wrestling events and calls for more private sector involvement.
According to him, his office is doing everything possible to support the wrestling association to see the development of the wrestling.