February 13, 2015 By Shar Morris Jr
President of the Sierra Leone Wrestling Association (SLWA), Prince Sualley, has said that their planned ‘schools wrestling project’ will be one of the association’s biggest challenges this year.
In an exclusive interview with Concord Sports, Sualley said his association is planning to expand the sport beyond its current status in the country, and that one of their aims is reaching out to secondary schools.
He said: “We are trying to work on a project with our international partners, who also include our world federation – the United World Wrestling (UWW) – to help us with experts who will engage in the training of kids and training of trainers.”
“After getting our international partners onboard we will then engage the Sports Ministry, the Ministry of Education and the various schools’ Physical Education departments to see how best we could introduce the sport in schools and start identifying potential young wrestlers from tender age.”
The SLWA president further revealed that competing in the African Championship, which comes up this year, is another key challenge for them.
According to Sualley, the African Championship comes up in Alexandria, Egypt in May this year and it will serve as qualifiers for both the September World Championship in Las Vega and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“The African Championship is a challenge for us because securing funds to enable our wrestlers compete in such a tournament had always been a big challenge. Failure to compete in this year’s tournament implies we will be out of both the Olympic Games and the World Championship,” Sualley said.
He however expressed gratitude to Mercury International for their support over the years.