Maradi 2012

Tillabéri 2010

Tahoua 2009

Dosso 2008

Agadez 2007

Zinder 1986


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Traditional wrestling 2007 games in Agadez, Niger

This is video is short summary of the final of the 28th edition of the traditional wrestling games in Agadez, Niger on 16 February 2007. The final is between Harouna Abdou « the bison of Tamaské » (in the Tahoua region), then 29 years old and weighing  115 kg and Idrissa Natabawa from Maradi, 28 years and 80 kg. This final is the longest fight in the history of the traditional wrestling games lasted for 69 minutes. At these games were 80 wrestlers in total, this is 10 per region [Agence de Presse Africaine, 25 February 2007 ]. Later that year Idrissa participated in the African Championship in Dakar, Senegal [].

A complete list of finalist is given here.


Comment at YouTube page: the african traditional wrestling is the royal sport in Niger. As last year, in 2007 in Agadez the winner of the tournament was Harouna Abdou. Music Chatma of the group Tinariwen].
[ Commentaire: La lutte traditionnelle africaine est le sport roi au Niger. Comme l'année précédente, en 2007 à Agadez le vainqueur du tournoi était Harouna Abdou. Musique: Chatma du groupe Tinariwen ]

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