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Lutte Traditionnelle (fr. for Traditional Wrestling) is the name used to describe related styles of west african folk wrestling in Niger.
Two fighters compete in a circular ring, in more formal events bound by sand bags. Each fighter attempts to eject the other from the ring, though they can win by knocking the other off their feet or onto all fours.
Eighty traditional wrestling heavyweights slugged it out in Niger Republic’s 31st Annual Wrestling Competition which took place in the country’s former capital of Zinder.
The eighty finalists were drawn from the 8 states that make up Niger Republic and they contested in the highly competitive event for a period of ten days, during which the overall winner emerged from Agadez region.
The finalists were selected for the national round up after a hot contest at state level and each state was being represented by ten heavyweights.
This year’s competition is the 31st in the series of the yearly event since it was first introduced in 1975 in central-west state of Tahoua.

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  • Copyright: Alberto Piubello (albertopiubello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 41 N: 881] (2623)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-02-14
  • Categories: Event
  • Exposure: f/5.9
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  • Date Submitted: 2010-03-06 2:35
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