Lutte sénégalaise, or Senegalese wrestling, is a traditional form of wrestling indigenous to parts of The Gambia. Most forms of West African wrestling do not include striking, but in Senegal punches are allowed.

As this BBC article states, the sport has become extremely popular in the country.

For those that do, the stakes are high. The young men who make it up the ranks can look forward to winning up to 100 million West African CFA francs ($205,000) per game.

In one of the world’s poorest countries, where the average annual income is $980 according to the World Bank’s latest figures, this will make them part of the country’s financial elite and national heroes to the millions of men and women who follow the game.

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