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[ 5 Sep 2013 | 2 Comments ]
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Matt Carotenuto
Associate Professor of African History
St. Lawrence University
mcarotenuto@stlawu.edu
Abstract
As the International Olympic Committee prepares to vote on whether to include wrestling in the 2020 Olympic Games, this article explores the grassroots potential of wrestling on the African continent. Through a small but vibrant wrestling program in Kenya, efforts are underway to connect Olympic Freestyle and Greco to Africa’s sporting traditions of the distant past. From inside the walls of a Nairobi prison to a highland soccer pitch in the Great Rift …

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[ 19 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments ]
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Like much of Africa, there is a strong, if somewhat hidden, tradition of wrestling in Kenya. This video shows how one community is looking to change the sport from sideshow held only at festivals to a competitive sport, honoring their ancestry while trying to provide entertainment and revenue. East African Wrestling Entertainment is at the forefront, but with more exposure there are sure to be competing promotions which will create interest at the youth level. It’s a good thing.
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