Canary Government puts its weight behind traditional lucha sport
The president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, received three of the winners of the first Canary Wrestling World Cup in their respective categories, a championship that was held at the Sports Centre of Gran Canaria.
Alberto Zamora and Fatou Rafaela Gueye won the men’s and women’s youth category, respectively; while Mamadou Cámara, from Mali who was only 16 years old when he arrived in Tenerife, was proclaimed champion of outstanding category. Fabían Rocha and Estefanía Ramírez were crowned champions of the World Cup.
The President, together with the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Isaac Castellano, and the Director General of Sports, José Francisco Pérez, showed their appreciation to these athletes who are also the future of Canary fight or lucha.
“They have not only been the first to win a Canarian World Cup, they have also demonstrated how sport is a teaching of life, an activity through which to share experiences and culture with fighters from other parts of the world,” he said.
Fernando Clavijo insisted that “thanks in part to them this autochthonous sport is more alive than ever and has a future, and is a source of great pride for the entire Canarian so-ciety”.
The President of the Canary Islands highlighted the effort made by Mamadou Cámara to overcome the difficulties he has faced since he was very young, since he arrived in the islands in a patera, and praised the determination of Fatou Rafaela Gueye, who represents the hard way that women have travelled for equality in the Canarian struggle. Alberto Zamora had words of encouragement and told him to continue working to become a champion of the first category. And he recognised the dedication and successes of Fabían Rocha and Estefanía Ramírez, first absolute champions of the Wrestling World Champion-ship.