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Jonglei State wins South Sudan Wrestling competition


December 20, 2010 (BOR) – Jonglei state wrestlers were declared South Sudan wrestling champions on Saturday after they beat Central Equatoria state (CES) one-nil in the final.

Bor wrestler, Deng Mawel, celebrates with relatives in Juba stadium on after defeating a rival. Dec. 11, 2010 (ST)

Unlike the previous wrestling events, the December 18 competition, ended after only four contests, with Jonglei state achieving one win and three draws.

Jonglei state was represented by Dinka Bor while Mundari represented CES.

Traditional wrestling is practice in Southern Sudan by Dinka Bor from Jonglei state, Ciec, Aliap and Atuot from Lakes state and Mundari from Central Equatoria. All groups keep cattle and the game use to be between youth in cattle camps mainly for fame and pride. But organizers, the Southern Sudan Wrestling Entertainment (SSWE), a private body, are providing better opportunities for traditional wrestlers.

Jonglei’s, Bor county wrestlers, locally known as the ‘Referendum Stars’ were unbeaten in the recent matches, Twic East wrestlers also of Jonglei in October and drawing with Lakes state in the semi-final.

However, in final the best wrestlers of Bor and Twic East counties fought together against CES. Majok Jok, who has won all of his bouts until the final, drew for the first time on Saturday. A second man, Ajang Garang, defeated a Mundari wrestler Ajith. The third and fourth wrestlers drew and the match ended abruptly when both claimed the judges were biased.

Jonglei state wrestlers were declared the champions when Mundari insisted that they would quit unless the fourth man was allowed to fight again. The unwritten rules governing the traditional games do not let wrestlers who draw to fight again in the same competition.

The champions won a cup valued at 10,000 Sudanese Pounds (USD 4,000).

As southern Sudanese prepare for a referendum on January 9 to decide whether to secede from the north.

The organizing body says that the wrestling matches aim to engage cattle keeping youths in productive matches in order to prevent cattle rustling that may interrupt the independence vote.

Mundari youth celebrates after wrestling match in Juba. Nov. 2010 (Photo: Ayuen Panchol, Sudan Radio Services)


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  • 22 December 2010 03:41, by Anyang

    Good on you boys!Keep enriching our tradition.Otherwise,merry Xmass to you all.

  • 22 December 2010 06:33, by Aleu

    This is my message to our brothers of Dinka Bor and Mundari.

    Please the more always, we need to practics our tradition cultures the less we also get in the development nation like Sudan for instance. I know one from you will tell me that, this is part of employement to do it, but I am strongly rejected that Idea, because there is no more money on practics this wrestling competition and some time a young man might be end up in losing his teeth and more and more disappointment seem to happen when another one beat up the other one.

    We have to focusing on the others important thing such as school, business, Big Agriculture things which will lead Southern Sudan to more development futures rather than going back to practic this traditional that keep our people primitive for years. We do blame Norhern Sudan domination for making their regions more developing than Southern Sudan but in reality there are some failed on our parts too and I think we do not want to encourage people to keep this tradition continues while, the Southern Sudan nation will probably need to be competitive with others Countries in Eastern Africa world why not let us get written off of all these tradition which keep us uneducated and disunity our people.

    I would like if possible that, you can buy it this Cassette of Akut Kuei from the market shop then, it will be good Idea if all Dinkas who can understand Dinka lanuage particular the Rek then, must find the Cassettes for Akut Kuei and listen very careful about their messages very clear and you guys will understand few main important like saying the new generation of this century of the SPLA/SPLM time are become the people who know verythings, they can fight very bravely, learn in school, almost they become prefect to work coordinately with others such as the Nuers, Shullik, and the Equatorians I mean it goes on and on like that but there are very good message in that Cassette if you can afford to buy it then find it now.

    There are many things these young men can do a part from Wrestling game, the North Sudan have young people serving in Air Forces etc, and how came Southern Sudan youths go back to practic tradition none develoment project instead of going to schools to learn just like these people in the North Sudan do.

    • 22 December 2010 07:22, by Bol Deng

      Mr Aleu,

      First of all, i would like to give you special thanks for your encouragement that you forward to the young teams from Bor and Mundari. I think they have done an excellence job because this kind of gathering if part of development like Agriculture, soccer, basketball, and many other businesses. So, i want to repute you that wrestling is not Bor and Mundari. It has and it’s practice till present in the western countries such as USA and others. I believed you have outline the consequences,but it does not tell me that wrestling is not worth to play. No! everything including food we eat has some unpleasant results against who consume it. Also, starting a business has risk and it does not make it a bad to contend.Dear brothers, i support wrestling as long those who practice it love it. Thanks

    • 22 December 2010 07:36, by Ezekiel Dau

      Waaaaaaaaaaaw that is good dinka bor, brothers i told you last time that we dinka bor from jonglei are the champions in south sudan,am i not right? hahahahahah waaaaw,thanks Majok and all your members.
      Jonglei ooyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      Dinka Bor ooyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      Referendum Star ooyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      wishing all of you marry christmas and happy new year to all of you

    • 22 December 2010 08:23, by John Ruei

      Dear Aleu
      I think your mind is not working how do you think that wrestling is a part of employment? the way you thought it is not correct we people of Lakes state, Jonglei and CES will not stop wrestling because it is asign of peace among the people of this states.
      I would like to thanks our brothers from Jonglei for what they have done but don,t involve negective practices and attitudes to this colourfull sport such that people may complain about loosing or winnng.
      To my brothers of Lakes state never mind next year I hope it will be your time to win the wrestling.

  • 22 December 2010 09:58, by Aleu

    John Ruei, the narrow minds will not help Southern Sudan nation please, think big and you be logic educated.

    Let me repeated again to you so that, you will understand fully what I said. I said one from you will tell me that, the Wrestling game is part of employment but I am strongly reject that Idea. I think you got it now what I said about employment. Well, you guys belief me or not you can see Nubian people and they have been doing this Wrestling for years and go and compare their region with Darfuri regions to see if this game had brought anything to them.

    The Darfuri development is much better than Nubia Mt.John Ruei you can take those Donkeys to teach them in school but in the end of their school, they will still come out as a Donkey name. Those who thinks keeping practices of Wrestling game will make them better is like putting Donkeys in the school and later they come with same Donkey names but I don’t care whether you guys love it or hated my comment that is my opinion part because I want Southern Sudanese youths to try something differently rather than fooling these youths in their future.

  • 22 December 2010 10:20, by Thonkiir

    You Dinka Bor please stops lying around who recognized you to be wrestling champion. While you have been defeated recently by Lakes state wrestlers 6-4 whereas final match between you and Mundari was interrupted by you due to some weaknesses you identified yourself.

    • 22 December 2010 12:51, by Peter Mading

      Yes Thonkiir, Do not get anoy or feel jealousy about the winning. You know i come from Lakes State and it will be a good lesson for my people of Lakes State to leave enemity, fighting and looting of cattle among themselves and feel reunited so that next time they will not be defeated in any joyfull game of wrestling. You know some people are good and brave enough in such events when there are no death cases. Let us see if the game of wrestling extend to the extent of death. This is where people will run away and accept their weakness. But now let us encourage this game of wrestling to bring unity among the southners. "My people" as said by Late Jomo Kenyatta should surrender guns, leave in peace among themselves and resume their enrich culture and its practices, love one another and practice wrestling and dances. If they all accept to leave in peace, you and the rest in the globe will see that winning such games will not go to any tribe but Lakes State. This wrestling is symbolising continuation of our struggle till the last day the 9th January and 9th July 2011 (two 9 Js).

      • 23 December 2010 14:30, by Thonkiir

        Move a way here primitive of Bor with your few teethes how I can feel jealous as if gain lost of a game like Twic East you have shared the same attitudes or manners.

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