December 2, 2022

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Photos: Winners emerge as KCCN levels Ssireum competitors in Nigeria 


A Korean conventional Wrestling sport Ssireum has been formally launched in Nigeria with a debut novice competitors organised by the Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria (KCCN).

The 2-day occasion which held in Abuja Nigeria’s capital weekend drew not less than 30 members with winners rising afterwards in its demonstration.

On the finish, Tosin Olaniyan and Suruola Faari emerged winners.

Olaniyan defeated Philip Yina Labba and Chisom Adati to cinch first place on the male class of event, whereas Faari swept previous Bella Daniel and Emeka Maryann (third place) to win the feminine class.

Those that misplaced have been positioned in second and third positions respectively.

Speaking concerning the sport, the top coach of KCCN Gbolahan Ogumuyiwa stated, “Ssireum is rising quickly on this planet right now. Taekwondo is the #1 martial arts from Korea, however I let you know that within the subsequent few many years Ssireum will assume a place such that it’s going to start to function on the Olympics.

“In Nigeria right now, as we have interaction in annual demonstrations of Ssireum, we’ll come to a degree the place we could have Ssireum golf equipment everywhere in the nation. We need to take it to the college as a result of the college system is the essential place to develop any sports activities. Our emphasis is to prepare Ssireum golf equipment at major and secondary faculties. Extra time, we could have associations on the state, then nationwide ranges. By the point you might have it on the NUGA Video games and the Nationwide Sports activities Pageant, then the game is right here to remain.”

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Coach additionally spoke of the virtues Ssireum exude stated, “Past wrestling as a aggressive sport, Ssireum teaches athletes humility; and particular person power and abilities.

“Identical to different Korean martial arts I’m used to, courtesy is essential (in Ssireum). When folks come to the ring/enviornment, they arrive with humility; nobody involves the sector with conceitedness. Additionally, the referee’s resolution is ultimate.

“It’s a sport that exams your power. Past power, there’s approach and ability. Any ability demonstrated with out ability won’t provide the anticipated consequence. Individuals assume Taekwondo is the one conventional sport in Korea, however there are a lot of different martial arts of Korean origin which are doing properly in Korea.”

He stated there are expectations that the game will quickly be launched within the Nigerian Universities Video games (NUGA) and Nationwide Sports activities Pageant (NSF).

Nonetheless, Blueprint gathered that Ssireum is a conventional Korean recreation normally performed throughout Chuseok. 

It’s performed between two gamers the place each gamers maintain onto each-others satba, a crimson and blue band tied throughout their thigh, and the one whose higher physique will get pinned to the ground first loses.

It’s performed on varied events, together with conventional holidays, market days and festivals.

Completely different areas have developed variants of ssireum primarily based on their particular backgrounds, however all of them share the frequent social operate of ssireum – enhancing neighborhood solidarity and collaboration. As an approachable sport involving little threat of damage, ssireum additionally presents a way of enhancing psychological and bodily well being. Koreans are broadly uncovered to ssireum traditions inside their households and native communities: youngsters study the wrestling abilities from members of the family; native communities maintain annual open wrestling tournaments; and instruction on the aspect can be offered in faculties.

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