Ebonyi wins national invitational wrestling championship
Kogi’s coach set for youth games
Ebonyi wrestlers won 15 gold, eight silver and two bronze medals to win the national invitational wrestling championship held in Awka, Anambra State.
Kano State with 11 gold, six silver and four bronze medals took the second position, while Kogi was third with six gold medals, pushing Anambra to the fourth position with four gold, eight silver and four bronze medals.
The wrestling tournament held from August 17 and 20 had in attendance over 200 wrestlers from six different states of the country.
Among the gold medallists from Kogi are Friday Godwin (58kg), who won two gold medals, Yakubu Saliu (66kg), also won two gold medals, while Peter Jonah (54kg) and John Momoh in Greco-Roman (54kg) won one gold medal apiece.
Speaking on the championship, Kogi’s head coach, Philip Momoh, said the wrestlers were ready to take on other teams at the National Youth Games scheduled for next month.
The Olympian, who said the state’s wrestlers were hungry for national and international tournaments, called on corporate bodies to invest in sports, as it is one of the ways of curbing social vices in the country.
Momoh also preached the need for relevant sports administrators to embark on aggressive grassroots developmental programmes to ensure that Nigeria did better at Tokyo 2020 Olympics than it performed in the just concluded games in Rio, Brazil.