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Japanese wrestler moves to Senegal to master ancient martial art

Japanese wrestler moves to Senegal to master ancient martial art

IN a dusty alleyway in the Senegalese city of Thies, Japanese wrestler Shogo Uozumi lay face-down in the sand after being tossed in the air by an oversized opponent. Uozumi then rose to his feet, dusted himself off and rejoined the surrounding group of wrestlers wearing loincloths. Back in a fighting stance, Uozumi smiled. After competing at the national level in Greco-Roman wrestling back home, he swapped Tokyo for Thies last year to master a Senegalese wrestling style known as Laamb and to share his knowledge of the Olympic form of the sport with local talent. "Every time I train,…
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