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Traditional wrestling 2010 games in Tillabéri, Niger

This video shows the entire final of the 32nd edition of the traditional wrestling games in Tillabéri, Niger. The pictures were shot on 26 December 2010 and made available by Cri de Cigogne .org. On their website you can watch the eighth, quarter and semi-finals as well as summaries of the games of the earlier days of the games.

The finalist were Oumarou Ali dit Bindigao from the Maradi region, 35 years old, and the champion from the Dosso region Boubé Boureima. This final lasted about 18 minutes, which is relatively long compared to the finals of the three previous games. During most of the fight, the two opponents were exploring each other rather than attacking. After a second short break, Boubé Boureima launched a few attacks, but he didn't succeed in bringing Bindigao down. It was Bindigao who won the plated sabre for the second time in his career. Bindigao managed to get behind Boureima in a blink of an eye and lifted his opponent into the air; a technique that has also brought him success in earlier fights.

At these games, 80 wrestlers attended in total; this is 10 per region. A complete list of finalist since 1975 is given here.

The Tillabéri games were the second games that took place in 2010. The first games of 2010 took place in Zinder in February. The Tillabéri games were foreseen for the beginning of 2011 but the date of the games was changed and they took place from 17 till 26 December.

Other videos give a nice illustration of the activities around the fights and of some fights on a regular day.  Information about the fights before the day of final can be found here (preliminary fights).

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