Fighter Adama Diatta won the gold medal in Olympic wrestling at the qualifying tournament for the Africa region at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, reaching four the number of Senegalese athletes qualified for these Olympics that will eventually take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic
Settled in France for several years, Diatta, who benefits from the Olympic scholarship, managed to win the famous sesame during this tournament organized in the Tunisian capital.
National wrestling technical director (DTN) Khalifa Sow was delighted with this qualification. He recalled that the tournament, initially planned for Morocco, has been transferred to the Tunisian capital.
“It is a good result for Senegalese wrestling that will participate in the rebirth of this form of struggle that is struggling to grow alongside traditional struggle and strike fighting,” the DTN commented.
If in the not too distant past Senegal had great athletes with wrestlers like Ambroise Sarr and Mor Sakho they said that Double Less, in recent years, we have to admit that it was difficult to interest wrestlers in this Olympic form, he said.
Prior to wrestler Adama Diatta, three more athletes had validated their qualification for the Olympics: the table tennis player Ibrahima Diaw, the judoka Mbagnick Ndiaye and kayaking Jean Paul Bourhis.
As for the Paralympic Games, Youssoupha Fall (javelin) i Ibrahima Seye (for taekwondo) have validated their ticket.