Garkuwan Cindo defends title as Sarkin Damben Kano
By Salisu Baso
The former champion of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II Annual Traditional Dambe Championship, Garkuwan Chindo of Guramada has retained his traditional title of Sarkin Dambe for the second time.
The 2019 champion defeated his arch rival Abulrazak Ibola in a second of their encounter after receiving powerful blow from the Kebbi State born athlete to force Ibola to nick down his two elbows and surrender for the champion to retain his title.
The winner received a Honda EOD model, cash prize, horse as well as traditional wears, including sword for conferment of Sarkin Dambe by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, while the runner up, Abdul Razak Ibola was appointed as Dan Galadiman Dambe and received a brand motorcycle with cash prize.
Speaking at the occasion, the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was represented by Dokajin Kano, Alhaji Aliyu Wudil reiterated the Emirate’s support and cooperation towards promoting the cultural heritage of its people, commending the chairman of the organizing committee, Muhammad Bashir Danliti for his contributions to the socio – economic development of the state.
He described Dambe as one of the major traditional sports of the people in the Northern part of the country, particularly the Hausa land, adding that it has been promoting unity and progress among the people in the community.
The Emir called on the sports loving people in the country to invest into for creating employment opportunities and tackling the problems of drug addiction among the teeming youths in the society.
He congratulated the winners of the championship, saying that about 90 Dambe athletes participated in the championship, appealing to the losers to consider it as will of God and prepare for the next year.
Eelier speaking, the chairman, Organizing Committee, Muhammad Bashir Danliti, thanked the Emir for his support and cooperation to the committee towards successful hosting of the event.
He commended security agents, supporters as well as athletes for ensuring peace and stability during the competition, assuring to continue providing all necessary means of promoting the traditional sports.
Ali Kanin Bello emerged third and Bahagon Sanin Kurna, came fourth in the championship.