Rivers, Lagos sure of winning Wike Wrestling Championship
Sports minister, governor to attend opening ceremony
Both Rivers and Lagos states have expressed readiness to win the maiden edition of the Governor Wike Wrestling Championship, which began at the main bowl of the prestigious Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
The competition will officially be flagged off today by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, who will also unveil the logo and mascot for the African Wrestling Championship, which Rivers State is hosting in 2018.
Wrestling Head Coach, Rivers State Sports Council, Oyonomunude Eli boasted yesterday that the state was ready to sweep all medals available in the championship.
He described Rivers as the home of wrestling, adding that it was adequately prepared to surmount its opponents and prove that it was not just hosting but ready to win in a free and fair contest.
He disclosed that Rivers was presenting 60 male and 30 female wrestlers in both freestyle and Greco-Roman events, adding that they were prepared to compete well.
Also speaking, the Secretary of Lagos State Wrestling Association, Somade Ganiat declared that they were not in Port Harcourt for mere participation but to cart away available gold medals.
She stressed that Lagos is the grassroots of wrestling in Nigeria and would prove same on the mats as the events unfold. She expressed satisfaction with the facilities at the venue, saying they were top class.
Meanwhile,Commonwealth gold medalist, Adekuoroye Odunayo has dropped the gauntlet, saying she is ready for any opposition at the championship.
While expressing satisfaction with the state of facilities provided for the championship, she stressed that the mats would do the talking against her opponents.As at press time, 25 states and five wrestling clubs have been registered and cleared to participate in the championship.
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