15 February 2013

Gambia Wrestling Federation Sanctions Kapsin Promotions

The Gambia Wrestling Federation has suspended Kapsin Promotions one month and also fined him D5,000 for his failure to deal with a power failure that lead to a wrestling combat organised by his promotions being abandoned.

The punishment was meted against the promotion by the executive of the wrestling federation after a wrestling combat between Erenest Jatta and Tassayaram on 2nd February at the Bundung Lower Basic School grounds failed to proceed due to a power failure. According to a communique sent to Observer Sports Desk, Kapsin failed to make any contingency plans for light at the ground and with wrestling lovers gathering for hours without light which was dangerous for the integrity of the sport.

The federation added that being the sole body responsible for the administration of the sport in the country, a decision has to be taken against the promoter in order to save the intergrity of wrestling. They stated further that highlighting the issue at hand, it will not be compromise from any promoter as far as the wrestling association is concerned. "Wrestling sport is our own national sport that has to be preserved and protected in a way that spectators will always have the interest to watch. People gathering for hours without light can be dangerous for the sport and that of the sport lovers."

With that in mind, the release signed by Habibou Nyassi, Secretary General of the federation, said that a decision has been taken with effect from 8th February 2013 after having a due consultation at the Executive level as contingency plan for light has "always been a problem to Kapsin Promotion". The suspension will take effect from that date and Kapsin Promotion is also warned that failure to comply with the decision may result in a complete ban.

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