Today Africa, March 7th 2021 Africa Sports Ventures Group and the rest of the world takes a glimpse at the Senegalese wrestler, Isabelle Sambou.
Born 20th October 1980, Sambou is a freestyle wrestler and a gold medalist at the African Wrestling Championship.
In 2015, she was crowned African wrestler of the Decade by the World Wrestling Association.
Sambou became a national sensation as she dared to break barriers by competing in the national sport of Senegal, which was by then associated with men and was associated with proving manliness and bringing honour to one's family.
While most of Senegal frowned on female wrestling, this never stopped Sambou from partaking in the festivals in which wrestling was played. It was through competing in these festivals that Sambou was discovered and recruited.
After taking part in numerous tournaments winning five- time national Champion in women's wrestling, nine-time gold medalist in the African wrestling championships (AWC). she went on to participate in the Olympics and was 5th in London 2012 and 8th in Rio 2016, the latter coming after she was awarded her life time title of "African Wrestler of the Decade."
According to Sambou in the Africa Women in Leadership Narratives, her biggest challenge just like many women has been to choose between family and her passion.
At the age of 36 (in 2017), she was faced with choosing to start her own family or prepare for the 2020 Olympics.
Her desire is to be a wrestling coach and give other upcoming girls the some opportunity she was given.
Africa, ASVG and the rest of world Thank you Sambou.