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African Wrestling Championship referees begin refresher course


African wrestling referees will be back to school to boost their knowledge of the sport today and tomorrow in Port Harcourt. The referees’ course is coming up just before the flag off of the Africa Wrestling Championship scheduled to take place between February 7 and 11 at the Alfred Diete Sports Complex, which, incidentally, is also the venue for the referee’s course.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation President, Daniel Igali said the programme was aimed at upgrading the knowledge of referees to conform with the global best practices in the game.

Igali said the course was a great advantage for many wrestling officials, who ordinarily would not have been able to sponsor themselves abroad for the event.

“We expect 30 Nigerian officials to be upgraded from their respective levels to improved ranks. It is a rare opportunity for our officials to get better and I am sure many of them will be excited to be part of this course,” Igali said. 

The Wrestling Championship will have Rivers hosting 25 countries with a total of 90 wrestlers billed to represent Nigeria at the championship, which also has 90 gold medals available in various categories.

Only yesterday, the country’s wrestlers, who were camping in Ondo State, arrived in the Garden City for the championship.

The President of the United World Wrestling Africa, Fouad Meskout arrived in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Sunday for the competition.

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