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South Sudan Looks to Wrestling for Social, Economic Gains

16 August 2011 One Comment

Watch the incredible story of how wrestling is playing in integral role in the societal reconstruction and economic turnaround of South Sudan. CNN and their special team for African Voices did a fantastic job allowing the story to be told in plain terms and without the normal misleading tropes about wrestling being “violent” and “aggressive.” This story is one that can be heard in cultures around the world if only we had academics and journalists willing to eschew their common-man notions of the sport and embrace the over-arching value of this uncomplicated, beautiful and socially relevant contest of man v. man (or woman v. woman).

I hope that we’ll hear more from South Sudan and how wrestling is improving lives and building understanding among the tribes. Today has been a great day for anyone associated with the traditional wrestling movement, and it looks like a positive first step for South Sudan. If you have any contacts in South Sudan, or can think of someone who does, please don’t hesitate to email me at trfoley (AT) gmail.

Be sure to forward and link this video everywhere you can.

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