Thursday 26 April 2018

South Sudan Tribes Pursue Peace Through Sport


JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN— South Sudan is holding a “wrestling for peace” tournament, bringing together athletes from around the country. The last big tournament was canceled when civil war broke out in December 2013.

With chests bare and leopard skins tied around their waists, 30 South Sudanese wrestlers marched into Juba stadium Saturday morning.

Traditional wrestling is hugely popular here. Four teams from different tribes will compete in the tournament to bring home prizes of cattle, and national bragging rights.