February 17, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
President of the Sierra Leone Wrestling Association (SLWA), Prince Sualley, has revealed that two of his wrestlers – Fatmata Mansaray and Mohamed Bundu – have secured scholarships to undergo training in Brazil.
According to Sualley, the two are expected to depart Freetown in April ahead of the Youth Championship in August.
“The scholarship for the training is in line with their (wrestlers) participation in the Youth Championship and also to get advanced training, which will help prepare them for the Rio 2016 Games,” he said.
“Unlike the previous scholarships awarded to two of our best wrestlers due to their outstanding performance in both local and international tournaments, this one we decided to choose the two best young wrestlers who fall within the age bracket for the Youth Championship.”
The SLWA president further revealed that the scholarship is only limited to training, accommodation and feeding for the fighters, whilst the association is to provide their return air tickets.
He said: “We gained a lot of experience from the previous scholarships offered to our wrestlers, which is why we are working very hard this time round to secure the necessary funding for them.”
Sualley, who used the opportunity to call on business houses to come to the aid of the association, also applauded the Brazilian Wrestling Federation for their usual support towards SLWA.