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Traditional wrestling2013 games in Niamey, Niger

A video shot on the fourth day of the 34th edition of the traditional wrestling games in Niamey, Niger.

For the first time since 1975, the beginning of the games, someone won the final without a final. Alio Salaou of the Zinder regio became champion as he won his semi-final against Aboubacar Yacouba of the Niamey region and there were only losers in the other semi-final. Yacouba Adamou, also of the Niamey regio, and Abdoulaye Moussa of the Maradi region fought for 45 minutes. They both stood firm and the regulations prescribe that in such a case both wrestlers have lost the fight.

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

Other videos at Daily motion give a nice illustration of the fights.

  Photo wrestling game Niamey 2013
Niamey 2013
4th day games
Photo wrestling game Niamey 2013
Niamey 2013
game nr. 1
Photo wrestling game Niamey 2013
Niamey 2013
game nr. 2
Photo wrestling game Niamey 2013
Niamey 2013
game nr. 4
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