18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Senegalese Wrestlers

Wrestling has become the number one national sport in Senegal, ahead of football (soccer), and has also become a means of social ascendance. Wrestling is not just seen as a sport, it is also a slice of African life, tradition, and culture, in which there is a curious mix of animist and Muslim beliefs. This picture shows how young wrestlers from Fass and Soumbédioune train at Dakar´s beach. They are between 22 and 27 years old and dream to be national champions.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Dakar, Senegal
Camera: NIKON D3S
Copyright: © José A. López Soto