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Over 60 combat sport athletes from across the globe will be coming to Barbados next week to compete in the second annual Sandra Kicks And Licks Competition and the International Beach Wrestling tournament.

This was revealed by president of the Barbados Wrestling Association and Sanda Barbados League, Rollins Alleyne, during a Press conference to announce details of the upcoming events at the Savannah Hotel on Wednesday.

“It will include a 40-member team from the United States and a 30-member team from Canada and Bermuda. We will also have representatives from Guyana and Cuba,” he said.

The Sanda event will take place at the St Leonard’s Boys’ School on May 26 at 4 p.m., while beach wrestling is expected to come off the following day, Sunday, at Pirates Cove at 3 p.m.

The main event will feature Canadian Sarah Buczek, an MMA, freestyle kickboxing and fellow Sanda athlete Krista Dyer of Bermuda.

During the Sanda competition, there will also be exhibitions and in Chinese kung fu, which includes tai chi and other forms.

A special tai chi demonstration is expected from visually impaired athlete Shawn Sealy, who recently won his division at the Bridgetown Burning Martial Arts Festival. His coach, Erskine “Sammy” Husbands, will also make a showing during the event.

A local group will also be competing at both events.

Barbadian athlete Rico Hurley will face Reyel Bowen of Bermuda (of Barbadian decent), who is ranked fifth in the world in Sanda light heavy weight category.

Lemar Tull, who was also victorious at Bridgetown Burning and won his division in Florida in Sanda, is also competiting.

Two-time silver medalist in the Pan American Wu Shu Championships, Shakeem Mascoll, of Frederick Smith Secondary School, will also be competing.

Tina Wu from Vancouver will compete in a special junior match against an American competitor over the weekend.

About three years ago, a primary school division was added to the wrestling event.

“It’s called the Sanda Pandas from the Kung-fu Panda. Bermuda saw it and ran with it. The US is also on board. Grassroots is the future for sports.

“We have to start from grassroots and go right through. For them, it’s about more that winning and there is an emphasis on safety. The youngsters wear headgear and gloves to cushion the blows,” said Alleyne. (RG)

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