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The Gambia Wrestling Association (GWA) has cautioned promoter, Matarr Sosseh for his “unacceptable” behavior against an executive member of the association and warned him of his future conduct for “abusing” Bassin Loum.

Writing on behalf of the association, Habibou Nyassi, the GWA secretary general, wrote that Sosseh had “humiliated” Loum, the assistant media officer of the body who also doubles as the presenter of a Gambia Radio and Television Services wrestling programme dubbed “Lewaatoo”.

The Federation’s position was contained in a letter that was addressed to the founder of M&B Promotion, Matarr Sosseh, which was also copied to Observer Sports Desk. Nyassi explained that the incident happened on the 26th of April 2014 when the promoter staged a highly anticipated wrestling bout between  Hoyentan and Tass-Sa-Yaram at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

According to Nyassi, it later came to the attention of the association that Loum who goes by her sobriquet Lingerr was asked by Sosseh never to cover his wrestling contests and “more sadly, insulting her on Thursday 8th May 2014 during a [telephone] call to Star FM Radio. 

The Federation reminded the promoter that the Ministry of Youth and Sports through the National Sports Council has spent a huge amount of money to sponsor the GRTS’ Lewaatoo programme, and Lingerr is the presenter of that programme, Sosseh “as a licensed promoter” has no “right to stop the state television” from covering his wrestling events, let alone “insulting an assistant media officer” of the association.

“GRTS’ Lewaatoo programme has played a major role in the promotion of wrestling in our beloved country, whereas the achievements registered in wrestling today could not have been so without the steadfast role played by the national television,” the letter further stated.

“You are a new promoter in the Wrestling Association and you have no right and power to stop GRTS from covering your wrestling match, the revitalisation of wrestling in our dear country is a top concern for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Sports Council and the Gambia Wrestling Association (GWA). A positive attitude towards safeguarding the prestige of our traditional sport is demanded from everybody under the umbrella of wrestling, and you Matarr Sosseh, owe a word of apology to Linguerr with immediate effect,” it added.

The letter concluded that the GWA would like to seize the opportunity to call on all promoters to honour the integrity of its executive, while warning Sosseh to desist from such, or else the Wrestling federation will take its stance.

When contacted by Observer Sports for his reaction, Matarr Sosseh declined to comment on the matter. He informed this medium that he was engaged in something else at that moment, and wouldn’t want to comment on the issue any further.

Author: Baboucarr Camara
Source: Daily Observer

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