Senegal has shone with a thousand lights in 2018, beyond football, in other sports, such as basketball and handball, not to mention the new infrastructure in the multi étrennées in the course of this year and allow the country to embark on new challenges, including the organisation of the youth olympic Games (YOG) in 2022.
The Lionesses of the basketball and handball have hoisted their national teams to unprecedented levels in 2018, respectively the second round of the world Cup, held in September in Tenerife (Spain) and the final of the African nations Championship women’s handball, held in the month of December in the Congo.
Even if one does not remember too the conditions under which Senegal lost in the final of the first edition of the Chan women’s handball against Tunisia, in 1974, the current Players have, however, made a good figure in the course of the last two editions.
However, they were cut down in their tracks, at the door of the finals in 2016 with a disqualification of the instance continental, ruling that Senegal has “illegally” in line with the bi-national Doungou Camara, who have not in fact complied with the regulation on the change of nationality in sport. A black stain that partners with Awa Diop have managed to erase this year in Brazzaville, by outperforming in turn to their opponents, before stomping on the ogre angola : defeat 14-19 in the final, after having led by 10 points early in the game.
The Lionesses of handball have taken, however, to date, since their countries will be holding the Can female 2022 of the discipline. But in the meantime, they will compete in the first world Championship of their history, from 30 November to 15 December 2019 in Japan.
For their colleagues in the basketball, the partners of the captain Astou Traoré, strong of their success (70-69) in the face of the Latvia, have achieved a feat in Spain for having been the first african team to tame a european nation in a women’s world Cup of basketball. The Lionesses were up in the fourth round of the final, a performance praised by the sports press of senegal, which has awarded the prize for “best athlete” of 2018.
As to the Lions of the basketball, they are still in the race for the qualification to the world Cup held in China in 2019. The men’s coach “Adidas” have not realized, last September at the Tournament of Lagos (Nigeria), the required performance, which would have enabled them to streamline their efforts in qualifying. Back to the wall, they play out their will-all in the second phase of the tournament, scheduled in February 2019.
On the martial arts, the men’s team of karate came to the fifth place at the world championships held in Madrid, Spain, where the gold medal at the continental taekwondo has been picked up by Ababacar Sadikh Soumaré in the under 80 kg in the face of the olympic champion in title, the Ivorian Sheikh Sallah Cisse. This opens promising perspectives for the discipline in the olympic Games of Tokyo in 2020.
Moreover, at these African championships, organized in Agadir (Morocco), Senegal has won four medals, one gold, as many silver and two bronze.
However, the level of alarm has probably gone out for athletics senegalese returned empty-handed championships of Africa of the discipline, held this year in Asaba, Nigeria.
In senegalese wrestling, the king of the bullring Serigne Dia alias “Bombardier” has lost his crown on the 28th of July last in the face of Mamadou Ngom said Eumeu Sene. The leader of the team Ty Shinger, in the suburbs of dakar, was elected in the wake of best wrestler of the year wrestling with strikes by the national Association of the sports press of senegal.
The other hand, the ex-king arenas Omar Sakho alias Balla Gaye 2, has made triumphantly his return last April thanks to his victory, on the arbitral award, in front of Gray Bordeaux from the stable of Htf. The Lion of Guédiawaye, which hopes to reclaim the crown of king of the bullring, will first pay in January next year a contrast to Modou Lô, a battle which will oppose two of the wrestlers the most popular arena in senegal.
As hoped by many fans, this poster will, according to his promoter Gaston Mbengue, will be held at the stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, rather than in the new national arena of struggle, located in Pikine, in the suburbs of dakar.
This infrastructure, built thanks to the cooperation of sino-senegalese at a cost of more than $ 30 billion CFAF, was inaugurated in July last, and was, for a long time, a demand of the actors of the fight even if no poster is organized there for the moment.
As a result of cooperation senegalo-Turkish, the sports complex, Dakar Arena of Diamniadio, to the output of Dakar, was also approved in August. This infrastructure allows today in Senegal position themselves for the organisation of major competitions, according to authorities.
On top of that, Senegal was selected in October by the international olympic Committee (IOC) to host the Youth olympic Games (YOG) in 2022. This event is taking place between the capital city of Dakar, the new city of Diamniadio and Mbour, a department of the region of Thies (70 km from Dakar).