Our priority is hosting, competing properly, Igali assures Nigerians
The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has outlined the forthcoming Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in South Africa, the 2017 Governor Wike Championship slated for November and next year’s African Senior Championships and the Commonwealth Games in Australia as a major focus of the board.
At the board meeting in Abuja, the President of the federation, Daniel Igali urged members to be ready for the task ahead, which he believes, will re-position the sport for growth in the country.
The hosting right of the African Senior Championships to Nigeria was announced in Paris, France on August 18, 2017 during the World Championships. It will be staged in Port Harcourt and the Rivers State government has agreed to sponsor and provide the required support that will give it a success story.
Igali revealed that the Governor Wike Championship slated for November is a wrestling meet that will be used to test facilities, prepare Nigerian wrestlers and serve as qualifiers for the African Championship in February 2018.
About 90 wrestlers are expected to represent the country at the championship, comprising 10 weight classes in each of the wrestling styles (Greco-Roman, Female and freestyle) and in each of the categories (cadet, junior and senior).
The board praised Wike for his magnanimity in agreeing to sponsor both events and hopes other states will emulate and support the sport nationwide.
The praises were also extended to Nigerian wrestlers for their efforts and achievements at the just concluded World Championships in France. Odunayo Adekuoroye won a silver medal and it is the best result the country has ever achieved at the championships.
At the meeting, the board also approved the appointment of ENP Projects Nigeria as the official marketer of the Federation. The duty of the marketers, as explained by Igali, is to help source for funds to support the federation in executing its numerous programmes and build the brand.
Other resolutions reached at the meeting were the re-appointment of Sir Damien Ohaike as the Technical Director of the Federation and the co-option of Group Capt. Murtala Abdul-Loko, Brig. Gen. U. O Olatoye and Mr. Nnaemeka Magnus Edeh as board members of Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF).
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