The 200-year-old traditional martial arts in Nigeria

Dambe is a fighting martial art that has a history of 200 years in Nigeria, and has turned from a brutal martial art to a recreational sports like today.

In this martial art, boxers often use one hand to fight, the other shield, and sometimes use their feet to strike. They often try to lower the game, forcing the opponent to surrender as quickly as possible.

In the past, fighters fought for their wives, land, and other valuables. But today, boxers can make between $ 400 and $ 900 in major tournaments, which are taped and posted to payers.

Before competing, boxers will wrap “kara” to protect their hands. In the past, they even crumpled kara with glass splinters to inflict greater injuries, but today, that has been banned.

Yahaya (pictured), 28, is a Dambe boxer of the Arewa school, one of the three traditional schools, including Jamus and Guruwada. Yahaya told Reuters from Lagos, Nigeria, that he had been practicing martial arts since he was a child, and survived by fighting.

Boxers like Yahaya now make money with this profession thanks to the growing number of online followers.

A boxer is pouring water on his head during a half-time break in Abuja, Nigeria. In 2017, Anthony Okeleke and Chidi Anyina founded “Dambe Warriors” – the company that produces martial arts video programs, to promote the martial art.

Initially they had to pay for boxers, but now they have grown, organized tournaments, and collected tickets.

An audience excitedly watched the Battle of Dambe in Abuja. In the two years, the company had 100,000 registered users and received 24 million views (views) from Indonesia, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines and the United States.

After filming, the company will go back to the studio to edit and match the sound, before posting it online. In the photo, a boxer in Lagos.

They also plan to set up a separate space for martial arts matches to attract tourists, and discuss with local satellite TV channels to increase views. In the photo, a boxer smiles after the match in Lagos.


Boxing using glass gloves in Africa

If you’ve never heard of Dambe, ancient African sport, this article will blow your soul.

Dambe was invented in West Africa by the Hausa and is traditionally a sport for the lower classes of society. Battles will take place at festivals at the end of the harvest season when tribes will slaughter cattle to celebrate.

Money and betting from the ancient times have been closely associated with this sport. To this day, audience bets and pockets of prize money for boxers remain an important aspect of the festival.

Today, the participants are usually young people from the city and they play year round. Although the boxers no longer come from the Hausa, but with the national spirit, they still participate in the community and compete at festivals.

Traditionally, Dambe included wrestling, called Kokawa, but today it is mostly a boxing competition. Weapons are strong fists with one hand. The glove is a cloth and is wrapped with laces. Some boxers even put glass fragments inside, although this is illegal.

The other hand and two legs will be left free and used to hold the opponent, attack and defend. Because wrestling was used as a goal to knock the opponent down, kicks today are much more popular than traditional matches.

A match will have 3 innings but there is no time limit for each inning. Instead, a round ends when any of the following occurs

1) Two fighters no longer play

2) One of the 2 boxers asks to stop the match

3) When the hands, knees or body of the boxers touch the ground. The matches also do not have official weight, boxers will compete with people of the same size as themselves.

In traditional matches, amulets are often used as forms of magic. Amulets are sometimes used in modern competitions, but officials discourage the use of magical protection because it is said to be unfair.

There is small pillow that boxers will put in gloves. However, the amulets themselves often leave scars on their arms. Some modern Dambe organizers even banned smoking before fighting. Looks like this is a suitable sport for Nick and Nate Diaz!


The secret of the East African amazing running (Part 2)

The presence of managers such as Van de Veen helps African athletes focus on competition, thereby achieving better results and improving income without having to worry about commercial and sponsorship factors.

The 66-year-old manager and his team are not just negotiating contracts for runner. They also make sure they can comfortably focus on jogging. They arrange flights, hotels, visas, venues and guides to practice and promote the brand.

In return, Volare Sports will take a share of the income, usually 15%. To be effective, competition allocations must be carefully planned. “We only do it with the agreement of the players,” Van de Veen assured.

In Africa, Volare Sport has an extensive recruiting and training network, but Van de Veen still prefers to find talent himself. “You have to recognize that talent. I saw Geoffrey Mutai in a youth race in Kenya.

He came second. I was advised to sign a winner, but I just wanted Mutai. He had a way.” run unique. Mutai then won all three Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon and Berlin Marathon, “the manager recounted.

The list of successful runner managed by Van de Veen is very long. For many people, jogging is enough for them to live, but not enough to have a carefree future. Van de Veen finds it risky if they encounter mentors or doctors who take advantage of the runner’s situation. “We’re in Europe. Runner is in Africa. We can’t track them 24 hours a day.”

Mentors often commit to spending extra money, and doctors promise better results.

How long will the ‘African Empire’ last? The combination of evolution and habit has helped the East African runner dominate the marathon.

In other parts of the world, BMI is growing, meaning that it is very difficult for them to overthrow the “African empire” in the marathon. However, the “black continent” also brings a lot of knowledge to the runner in the world to eat, train better, break a personal record.


The secret of the East African amazing running (Part 1)

Endurance can be the secret weapon of East African runners. To win a marathon, athletes need the energy to beat the remaining opponents before the finish line, usually the last few kilometers – the deciding distance to success. Typically, the first place is always in the runner group to take the lead at the 30th kilometer mark.

At the last kilometers, their bodies switched to “self-driving” mode. All, from exercise efforts, nutrition to gene traits, will show. East African Runner often have thin ankles and thinner calves. They live at high altitudes, ideal conditions to help improve endurance.

Besides, they also have motivation to strive. ccan bring about a better life, faster runners will be economically better. Along with centuries of evolution, these factors have created athletes with extremely high endurance.

In most areas of East Africa, jogging training begins very early. Children typically walk an average of 8 kilometers per day. BMI – body mass index is calculated by your weight (kg) divided by the square of the height (m or cm) – the average of children only about 15.5 – will be considered abused if in America.

But they have the highest anaerobic threshold and Vo2 Max (the highest indicator of the body’s ability to transfer and use oxygen during exercise, ml/kg/min). same age in the world.

Light body but tall, long legs are also advantages of these “seeds”

Players are like pieces to help a tournament More attractive match. This is a common strategy and also benefits runner. “Berlin is an opportunity for me. If I run well here, the result will affect the future races,” Legese said. The value of a contestant is calculated by time and rank. The better the performance, the more likely the manager and the athlete are to request increased funding.

Through Volare Sports, he manages many elite athletes such as the Berlin Marathon champions Geoffrey Mutai (2012), Wilson Kipsang (2013) and Dennis Kimetto (2014).


African runners are dominating the marathon tournaments of the world

Five of the first six places in the men’s and women’s events at the prestigious Berlin Marathon last week were athletes from Ethiopia.

Kenenisa Bekele, Birhanu Legese, Leul Gebrselassie and Sisay Lemma are described as Ethiopia’s strongest runners ahead of the Berlin Marathon in the German capital.

As a result, Bekele, 37, finished first in the men’s marathon with a time of 2 hours 1 minute 41 seconds. This is only two seconds behind the current world record set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge last year. Kipchoge is absent to prepare for the 2-hour marathon challenge in Vienna, Austria on October 12.

The next two positions belong to Legese and Lemma respectively. “I’m sorry, I’m not lucky. But I can still surpass the current record. I don’t give up,” Bekele said.

Bekele finished first at the Berlin Marathon 2019

Ethiopia also dominates the women’s marathon with champion Ashete Bekere, 2 hours 20 minutes 14 seconds and runner-up Mare Dibaba (slower than 7 seconds). Kenyan runner, Sally Chepyego ranked third.

Business problems. “There is a strategic reason for prioritizing Ethiopian athletes,” explained Berlin Marathon Director Mark Milde. Unlike previous years, the organizers this year do not expect a world record. In 2018, Eliud Kipchoge completed the marathon in 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds, raising the world record by more than a minute.

In order to attract more fans, the Berlin Marathon focuses on the excitement of the leading group, ideally until the finish. “To do so, we look for runners who can finish the marathon between 2 hours and 3 minutes and 2 hours and 5 minutes. This year, that means more Ethiopian runner,” Milde added.

African runners, especially Kenya and Ethiopia in East Africa, have won nearly every marathon in the world in the last five decades, since the 1969 Mexico City Olympic Games. otherwise, they can also sprint amazingly fast.

The Berlin Marathon is one of the six most prestigious marathons in the world, part of the World Marathon Majors (WMM), alongside the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon, London Marathon and Tokyo Marathon. Each season lasts for two years and the next begins when the previous season is half the way.

Eleven seasons have occurred since the first season of 2006 – 2007. Of these, Kenya topped ten seasons, and Ethiopia topped VII (2012 – 2013).


NBA and AFD cooperate to develop basketball in Africa (Part 2)

Through NBA Cares, 77 places children and families can live, learn or play have been created in Africa. Borderless Basketball (BWB), the NBA and FIBA’s global community development and basketball development program, has been held in Africa 15 times, with 10 former members of BWB Africa participating in the NBA.

The NBA, the tournament’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaches the basic skills and core values ​​of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at grassroots level in an effort to help develop and improve the basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

In the 2017-18 season, the NBA reached more than 26 million young people in 71 countries through a series of camps, clinics, challenging skills, playing tournaments and outreach events.

NBA organizes NBA programs for men and women aged 16 and under in 13 African countries: Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal and South Africa.

In April 2017, the NBA and SEED (Sports for Education and Economic Development) project, a non-profit organization based in Thies, Senegal, used basketball as a platform to attract teens in academic, sporting and leadership programs of NBA Academy Africa. An elite basketball training center in Thies for top male and female prospects from across Africa, The NBA Academy Africa is the first of its kind on the continent.

The League organized two African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010. The NBA hosted two African games, in Johannesburg in 2015 and 2017, supporting charities including UNICEF, the Foundation Nelson Mandela and the SOS Children’s Village South Africa (SOSCVSA).

About AFD

AFD is the inclusive public development bank of France. It is committed to providing financial and technical support to projects that improve daily life, both in developing and emerging countries, and in overseas territories of France.

Its actions are fully in line with sustainable development goals (SDGs). Through a network of 85 agents, AFD operates in 109 countries, which currently fund, monitor and support more than 3,600 development projects.


NBA and AFD cooperate to develop basketball in Africa (Part 1)

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the French Development Bank (AFD), France’s public development bank, are committed to sponsoring and providing technical assistance to projects. This will promote social inclusion by developing basketball infrastructure and implementing basketball programs, events and initiatives in Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria and select other African countries.

The NBA and AFD plan to collaborate and expand their common and long-term commitment in Africa by investing in infrastructure development, providing basketball equipment and training for youth and coaches, and teaching life skills in some African countries.

The NBA and AFD also plan to provide resources for local organizations and community leaders focused on sustainable training, mentoring and leadership development. Their popular mobilization will aim to combine sports practice with educational training activities to raise youth awareness on issues including sustainable development, education, health and health, nationality, social inclusion, gender equality and entrepreneurship.

“We are excited to partner with the NBA in Africa, because sport and sustainable development is a natural match”, AFD CEO Rémy Rioux said. “Basketball is the second most popular sport on the continent, and it can be a powerful driver for sustainable development, addressing the unmet needs in urban development, education, create new opportunities for young Africans, increase the value of openness, tolerance and gender equality, and connect communities and people.”

Sport is now an essential part of AFD’s strategy and a major tool for sustainable development, especially in Africa, where half of AFD’s activities are concentrated. In its sports and development activities, AFD aims to promote community sports by supporting local initiatives, diversifying financial methods, and creating national partnerships and mobilize the private sector to develop a dynamic sports industry.

The NBA has a long history of engagement in Africa with 12 African players born on the NBA rankings at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. There are over 80 current and former NBA players from Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, including Naismith Hakeem Olajuwon Memorial Basketball Hall (Nigeria) and Dikembe Mutombo (Republic of the Republic) Congo owner).


Announcing the best NBA players in the Africa

In conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the NBA has announced the list of players who participate in the annual Africa Game held between African players and the world.

The friendly match Africa Game was first held in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

NBA Africa Game was first held in 2015

Africa Game is an event to celebrate the dedication of the colored community to the NBA as well as help spread and build more basketball culture to African countries. This is also considered one of the significant events, greatly affecting the basketball community.

Team Africa will consist of players from 54 African countries playing in the NBA. Meanwhile, the Team World will have the presence from many players around the planet, including the United States.

Dennis Schroder for Team Africa in 2017.

Key players in the African team

Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers, South Sudan), Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards, France, Benin descent), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers, USA., Nigerian origin), Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets, Congo), Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans, Mali), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers, Cameroon), Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic, France, Algerian descent), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors, Congo), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Oklahoma City Thunder; France, descent Congo), and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors, Cameroon).

Legendary Hia Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo attended the event.

The World lineup for Africa Game 2018 includes as follows.

John Collins (Atlanta Hawks, USA), JaVale McGee (Lakers; USA), Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks; USA.), Marvin Williams (Hornets; USA), Harrison Barnes (Mavericks, USA), Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers, Italy), Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; USA), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; USA ), and Hassan Whiteside (Heat; USA.)

The man in charge of leading the African team is Juwan Howard, assistant manager of the Miami Heat. Bismack Biyombo and Joel Embiid are both Team Africa captains.

Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina will lead Team World. Rudy Gay and Khris Middleton were both captains.


Bamako hosted the African mini basketball tournament 2019

Razzmatazz comes with mini basketball training that will attack Bamako when the FIBA ​​Africa mini basketball tournament 2019 is held from September 26-29.

The continental event will bring together about 400 children between the ages of 5-12, 32 coaches – including 20 locals – who are aiming to introduce and get members to take part in the discipline.

The forum, organized in collaboration with the International Basketball Organization (IBF), will be defined by creative roundtables, creative workshops and interesting games.

The four-day meeting will be held in sessions for young participants, where they will be able to play discipline with smaller balls while the height of tables and baskets is lowered.

The Bamako event will also culminate with a mini basketball tournament for children.

This forum is an important part of the FIBA ​​Africa development program and the strategic direction of the FIBA ​​for the 2019-2023 term.

It follows the actions led by IBF for the revival of Mini basketball on the continent through the Mini Basketball Forum held in Ifrane, Morocco in 2018 and Windhoek (Namibia) in 2019.

Federation representatives, coaches and coordinators will learn about specific training methods that arouse children’s interest but also inculcate key educational values ​​for course lovers. this sport.

The coaching clinics have been lined up for 30 coaches while the Mali Basketball Federation will send 20 local coordinators.

In these theoretical and practical conversations, delegates will be enlightened by experts on how to develop Mini basketball across the continent.

The Bamako event complies with FIBA ​​policy to ensure that discipline is enforced globally with countries applying the same rules.

The 2019 FIBA ​​African mini basketball conference is taking place in Mali where the effective base projects have been organized with the 18-year-old boys winning the 2018 FIBA ​​U18 Africa championship and will Impressed at the FIBA ​​U19 Basketball World Cup 2019 They were sensational, losing in the final against the United States.