President of the Sierra Leone Wrestling Association (SLWA), Prince Sualley has re-echoed the concern by other African Wrestling Federations over their participations in both the 2016 Africa Wrestling Championship as well as the Olympic qualifications.
According to Sualley, United World Wrestling (UWW) has made it difficult for them by not combining the African championship in Egypt from March 2nd to March 7th and the Olympic qualifications in Algeria scheduled for March 30th to April 4th.
In his solidarity with the African Wrestling Federations, Sualley said it will be very difficult for them to access funds considering the fact that the Olympic qualifications in Algeria is barely 2 weeks after the African championship.
Another concern raised by Sualley and his Sub-Saharan federation friends is that the since 2012, the North Africa Wrestling federation’s consisting of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia have been rotating the Africa Championship between themselves.
To buttress his point we can see that the Africa Championship is once again scheduled for Egypt followed by the Olympic qualifications in Algeria.
They recalled that the previous African championships combined with the Olympic qualifications have been held in the Northern part of Africa since 2012 and the schedule since has been thus; Morocco (2012), Chad (2013), Tunisia (2014), Egypt (2015) adding that Egypt will again host the Africa Championship.
Their observation is for the UWW to create a level playing field for All African Wrestling Federations as the North Africans are always favored which results to them having more wrestlers at various Olympic Games.
The African Wrestling associations’ said in this Olympic year, the rest of Africa needs to be given a fair chance and opportunities of securing Olympic qualification slots. They added that in terms of officiating other Sub-Sahara referees are sidelined and not carried along in major tournaments.
They also urged the President of the African Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (CALA), Fouad Meskout to focus on how to make other countries besides the North African countries host the Africa Championships.