The former glory of the Senegalese struggle, Mamadou Sakho better known as Double Less died on Sunday, August 5, 2021 in Keur Massar. A sad news for the world of Senegalese struggle. The father of champion Balla Gaye 2 was suffering in recent years, weakened by age and illness.
The former champion of the Senegalese arena, Mamadou Sakho, passed away on Sunday 5 August. The death of Double Less is a loss to the Senegalese struggle.
As early as January 2020, Double Less claimed that he was “indeed ill” and that the doctors consulted him and said that it was general fatigue. “I need the prayers of all Senegalese people. I leave everything in the hands of God,” he said.
Doubles Less was considered one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation between the early 1970s and the late 1990s. He played with Senegal’s National Olympic Team at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976, Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984.
He founded the Double Less Wrestling School in Keur Massar, his retirement stronghold for over a decade. His wrestling skills and his popularity had not allowed him to pocket millions, but he caught up with wrestler sons.Omar Sakho, nicknamed Balla Gaye #2, from Balla Gaye Wrestling School, is one of Senegal’s best active wrestlers. There is also his little brother Sa Thiès.
President Macky Sall paid him a heartfelt tribute in these words: “A high-level athlete and gold medalist at the Nairobi African Games, Mamadou Sakho, aka Double Less, has left indelible marks in the arena of Senegalese wrestling with his elegance, power and technique. To his family, to the world of sport, I offer, on behalf of the Nation, my heartfelt condolences”.