The Gambia Wrestling Association has explained the reasons why it decided to sanction some wrestlers for what they called an 'affray at the Kunkujang Wrestling Arena'.
In a press release issued by the association and signed by its secretary general, Habibou Nyassi, the behaviour of the wrestlers concerned were made in the presence of its President, SG, PRO and the Organising Committee.
Writing on behalf of the Wrestling Association, Nyassi said that "as the sole body for wrestling in the country, the incident that happened on the 9th of December, is against this background that the disciplinary committee of the Gambia Wrestling Association took a step towards the commotion that led to the break of the combat between Sanneh and Li Chorr which made wrestling lovers run to save their lives. The fracas began when Li Chorr's brother attach the wrestling ring and his brother Li Chorr then blow Sanneh on the freestyle wrestling and Sanneh retaliated".
"Both wrestlers were charged and suspended with immediate effect for their misbehaviour, as violence will not be compromised as far as wrestling is concerned. The charges started from the promoter who staged the combat without signing the combat in the GWA office. An amount of one thousand Dalasi (D1000. 00) was levied on the promoter."
Li Chorr's brother, Serra Lone, was also banned for three months with a fine of five hundred Dalasi (D500. 00). During this ban period, he is not allowed to wrestle or enter any wrestling arena in The Gambia while Li Chorr was banned for two months with a fine of one thousand Dalasi (1000. 00). He is also not to enter or wrestle in any wrestling arena in the country.
The association further stated that Sanneh, who was given a one month ban with a fine of five hundred Dalasis (500. 00), after receiving the ban letter went and wrestled in Njain Sanjal. It says a decision was taken with effect last month, 24th December 2012 that he (Sanneh) will now be banned for three months with a fine of five thousand Dalasi (5000. 00) so as to give a clear signal to all the wrestlers within the country. "GWA is therefore informing all promoters and arena owners that these banned wrestlers are not to wrestle or enter any wrestling arena in The Gambia."
It added that failure to comply with the decision of the Wrestling Association may lead to the closure of the arena where these wrestlers wrestle. "The GWA therefore urged all wrestlers, promoters and arena owners to abide by the rules and regulations of Gambian wrestling."