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South Sudan wrestling: Bor 6—5 Mundari


November 27, 2010 (BOR)—A traditional wrestling team from Bor county beat Mundari’s team in South Sudan’s capital Juba, 6—5 in a game sponsored by South Sudan Wrestling Entertainment (SSWE), a privately owned body.

Bor county in Jonglei state South Sudan give wrestling team a heroes welcome after defeating Twic county 11-0 in Juba on Oct 30. Nov. 3, 2010 (ST)

Bor scored 9 and Mundari secured 8 points according to organizers. Wrestlers receive one point for a win and half a point. There were 6 outright wins and 6 draws

The organizers hope that the sport between the cattle herding groups will change the aggressive behavior that they sometimes show to each other.

“It is so entertaining and our thinking would keep our brothers at cattle camps busy till [January, 2011 Southern Sudan] referendum,” Kur Akech, a member of SSWE told Sudan Tribune by phone from Juba.

South Sudan traditional wrestling is predominantly practice in Dinka Bor of Jonglei state as well as Aliap and Atuot of Awerial and Yirol counties of Lakes state respectively. The Mundari tribe in Teregeka county of Central Equarotia state also wrestles. The tribes all keep cattle and occasional raid other.

Bor’s victory on Saturday follows their comprehensive 11-0 win (4 draws) over Twic county on October 30. With the victories in close proximity to the south’s self determination plebiscite in January the Bor wrestlers have been named the ‘Referendum Stars’ by local fans.

Majok Jok won of the victorious members of Bor county wrestling team, Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan. Nov. 3, 2010 (ST)

Southern wrestling is traditionally between youths from rival tribes in cattle camps, but organizers, the SSWE aim to professionalize southern wrestling and move it beyond “social pride and fame.”

Teams from Atuot and Aliap in Lakes state are due to face each and later meet both Mundari and Bor wrestling teams before the finals on 18 December finals in Juba, SSWE told Sudan Tribune.

Winners will receive prize money of 10,000 Sudanese Pounds (SDG) with runners up getting 5,000 SDG. All wrestlers that compete will automatically receive 1,000 SDG.


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  • 29 November 2010 04:08, by LL Reuben

    Execellent going for Mundari and Bor, and an extraodinarily going for Jonglei State and South Sudan entirely. This is what a progressive sucessful nation will have to seem like. The greatness and brilliant decency of Southerners is starting to show. This was a dream of our Late leader de Mabior, and the dream of our current leaders in Juba. South Sudan will be a free sucessful State from the vision of my uncle Nyuon Bany, de Mabior, (my father who is still fighting included), and the rest who have done superbly before they part way with us due to war.

    • 29 November 2010 04:16, by Abionmur!

      Congratulation Bor wrestlers. You did us a pride!

    • 29 November 2010 06:48, by mayom maboung marek

      well done guys,that is the good sport. A young person involved in wrestling can be expected to display increasing self-confidence and appreciation of their self-worth, and develop analytical and adaptive skills and nationwide recognitions .

      aspect of it contributes to the development of life-long patterns of responsible behaviour including respect.

    • 30 November 2010 09:13, by Genuine Leader

      hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa its surprising that,reporter did not mentioned or exclusive Hol and Nyarweng, do you forgot them or u usually don’t know them, please make sure that Hol could not late anymore to invite Bor for wrestling [Looth].

  • 29 November 2010 06:37, by Anyang

    The entire community is proud of you and we wish to see you on top, when you takes on either Aliap,Atuot or Ciec in the coming days to proof they cynics wrong.

    • 29 November 2010 08:03, by Ezekiel Dau

      Big thanks to wrestlers and entire community Bor and Jonglei State we are proud and i hope we will be they wins in Suoth Sudan.

    • 29 November 2010 20:37, by 1-1

      It is a total lie Bor will never defeat grater Yirol mostly Atuot will be the champion of the wrestling.
      Dhal Maker

      • 30 November 2010 02:03, by Anyang

        Mr Dhal Maker,

        Let takes it as a matter of " action speak louder than a word" in this case.Otherwise it’s premature for you to concluded,BOR will lose against ATUOT at this moment.

  • 29 November 2010 08:01, by Deng Magot Riem

    First of all, my congratulation goes to both teams for their outstanding ferformances. Secondly, a lot of thank you to the SSWE organizers. I don’t see this intiative as a mere business, but a way forwards to bring these tribes togather once again. I view it as a way forwards to building a long lasting peace among these neighboring communities. Keep it up and I hope you will continue to find other posible ways of bringing aboard other neighboring communities like Murle and Nuer which don’t know wrestling.

  • 29 November 2010 20:33, by 1-1

    wrestling team from Bor, you are lucky enough to escaped from mundari team which does not know more about wrestling due to lack of practices and that escaped shows you skills which almost made you to be defeated by Mundari team. and the hot team is soon coming to face you and it will be very and very hard for you to defeat Yirol’s team. yirol team oyyyyyeeeee will never allow the cup to taken. !!!!!

    May God bless

    Dhal Maker Dhal
    moral Busta for Yirol Team

    • 30 November 2010 11:22, by Ezekiel Dau

      My friend,lets wait for that day and see what will happen with Atuot they will be beaten by Bor wrestlers.Bor oyee ,Jonglei oyee, Wrestlers oyee.

  • 30 November 2010 01:35, by Nyajang

    I understand this was a commercial wrestling match and I wonder who pays when one breaks a bone or who calms the public when opposing parties are at odds? I witnessed a wrestling match once and the competing parties nearly shot each other. I have nothing against commercialization of the tradition per se, but I am just thinking of potential issues that might arise now that the elders from the community are no longer the agents to facilitate, and to some degree instill public order should that be needed.

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