2 December 2012

Nigeria: Plateau 'Dambe' Athlete Faints After Victory

A Team Plateau athlete fainted after winning a bout in 'Dambe,' a traditional sport, at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival (NSF) on Friday at the National Stadium, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yusuf Dogo-Auta of Plateau fainted shortly after defeating Abu Shago-Dusemari of Team Kebbi in the third round of the competition.

The athlete was jubilating after overwhelming his Kebbi opponent when he started vomiting and then fainted.

It took the prompt intervention of the medical team to resuscitate him.

Coach Safianu Zaki of Traditional Sports of Plateau State said that this was the second time that his athlete would faint after defeating the same opponent at a National Sports Festival.

"At the last festival held in Port Harcourt, Dogo-Auta defeated Shago-Dusemari at the finals, where he won gold and the same thing happened.

"He fainted shortly after beating his opponent in the final round and now the same thing has happened again, but this time, at the group stages," he said.

NAN reports that after Dogo-Auta made a slight recovery, he was then moved to the stadium's Sports Medicine Centre in an ambulance, for a full diagnosis.


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