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Bor county welcomes wrestlers in as a step to commercialize local sport


November 3, 2010 (BOR) – Commissioner of Bor county in Jonglei state, Maker Lual Kuol, gave a heroes’ welcome to traditional wrestlers who returned from Juba on Wednesday after a landslide victory against Twic East county’s team.

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Bor county commissioner Maker Lual with the county’s successful wrestlers, Nov. 3, 2010 (ST)

“The youth performed satisfactorily and we want to encourage them. This is a gradual way of introducing them to commercializing the [traditional wrestling] sport,” commissioner-Maker told the press at Bor airstrip, while waiting to for the arrival of the triumphant team.

Bor county’s wrestling team, named the ‘Referendum Stars’, beat Twic East county by 11—0 (with 4 draws) on Saturday October 30 in match at Juba stadium.

Traditional wrestling is practiced by Dinka Bor in Jonglei state as well as Atuor, Aliap and Ciec in Lakes state and Mundari of Central Equatoria state usually in cattle camps for fame and social pride. But organizers of last week game wanted to lift the popular traditional sport to international standards where wrestling is more professional.

Saturday’s wrestling had to be staged in Juba because Bor, the capital of Jonglei state where the two counties hail has no stadium. Bor commissioner Maker said a space has now been cleared to construct a stadium to host future games.

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Mayen Reech Akuak, one of the victorious Bor country team, celebrates winning a fight in Bor town prior to the match against Twic East county in South Sudan’s capital Juba (ST/FILE)

“It [wrestling] is a popular sport and we are now preparing a stadium for wrestlers and local people to benefit. Many people will be employed,” Maker said.

“Defeat is a natural thing. You are defeated today and tomorrow you will succeed. It is natural that people are angry…when they are defeated and I think it will not [cause tribal] division,” he said when asked whether the cultural wrestling dangers local unity.

Dressed in sporting attire, the ‘Referendum stars’ where greeted by crowds at Bor airstrip upon landing. They were taken to the headquarters of Bor county for a brief ceremony and then proceed to Bor town center; touring the town’s main road as crowds of supporters waved and sand traditional songs.

Wrestlers from Aliap, Mundari and Atuor have been asked to meet the Bor county team in a friendly competition but no date has been set.


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  • 4 November 2010 05:05, by mayom maboung marek

    wrestling is a awesome sport enjoyed by many people worldwide. Wrestlers work out every possible part of their body, lifting your opponent off the ground.
    it shows super-human strength and promote peace among people.

    mayom mabuong marek

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    • 4 November 2010 05:58, by Ahmed Chol

      Commercialization of this sport should not be the only priority:

      The sport should be used too as a mean of creating interaction between communities. Interaction between communities reduces hostilities and creates mutual relationships. Sports make the youth to be engaged and this sends a message to the unlettered, the egocentric and the ethnocentric that we are all from different tribes but we still belong to one bigger community as one people and we should all coexist together. Therefore, no senseless killing of fellow people just because they belong to a different tribe.

      Besides wrestling, other communities should also sport their best sports with their neighbours.

      Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III if the south joins the north.

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  • 4 November 2010 05:14, by Anyang

    Wel-come home " referendum stars", you have earned us the pride of which all of you deserved to be honoured by your own brothers of Bor county and their respectives leaders & elders wherever they are!and we also urge you to enormously capitalised on this opportunity and keep doing well all a long.
    Otherwise we appreciated!!

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    • 4 November 2010 07:47, by Young Nation

      After wrestling, I want the youth of Mundari, Aliab, Bor and Atuat to consider confronting the Agar youth in another sport called ’Yup lach’. This particular sport involves the utilization of sticks. Are you ready?

      Some might say but this sport involves serious injury. Yes it does but as a sport there are rules that dictate the safe and non injurical progression of all sports. I believe that this particular game of sticks is not exceptional. There would definitely be no injury whatsoever. So don’t be discouraged

      Young Nation is a son of Rumbek who resides in Brisbane, Australia.

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      • 4 November 2010 09:53, by ogopadj

        @Young Nation: I like your thinking. Most sports are established by critical thinkers. There is only one limitation to your critical thinking: sticks would cause more harm to people because they aren’t part of our bodies and so we might overuse them. We need sports that involve the use of people body parts. Look at the UFC in North America: it’s very dangerous but it only involve the use of body parts. Dan White (the CEO) is still collecting million of dollars off people. If you can extend your thinking further you can create a great sport among the people of South Sudan. Cheers Young Nation. Ogopadj is a South Sudanese who started and completed his primary and secondary education in Kenya and is now a MPH student.

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        • 5 November 2010 02:13, by Thonkiir

          I am really agreed with you Mr.ogopadj, all what you said are true or correct we don’t wants a sports that cause harm all what it means are fear, discouraging and conflict creating amongst youths themselves.

          Because we wants the power of the body not the power of the stick because the sport I heard today have no any comparison whether locally or globally. Totally different with that Bor, Atuot, Aliap and Ciec Youths do, leave alone world’s sports you have mentioned. I appreciate that all the sports around the world cause injuries but still attractive and motivated why?

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          • 5 November 2010 08:06, by ogopadj

            @Mr. Thonkiir Thanks. To answer your question, I believe the reason people still love sports despite the harms posed by sports is simply because of "fun". In every sport, fans or spectators cheer to one team or another. Cheering promotes a stress free life and so a happy and a healthy individuals. Cheers.

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