Borey or Boreh (Gambia)

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Borey or Boreh

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The Borey, or "Boreh", or even "Gambian Struggle" is a traditional wrestling practiced in Gambia deeply rooted in traditions and considered as a national sport. We also find this struggle in Senegal.



The warriors wear loincloths called "Juju" and show, dance, provoke and boast accompanied by the sound of drums. The fight continues until one of the fighters is brought to the ground. Punching, kicking, spitting and sandblasting in the eyes are allowed, making this a fairly violent and effective fight.

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