Hosting Championships, Competing Properly Is Our Focus – NWF

Channels Television  
Updated September 13, 2017
This file photo shows Daniel Igali when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sports Tonight

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has outlined the forthcoming Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in South Africa, the 2017 Governor Wike Championship and 2017 African Senior Championships, as well as the Commonwealth Games in Australia as a major focus of the board.

This was contained in a statement from NWF after its board meeting which held on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

President of the Federation, Daniel Igali, urged members to be ready for the task ahead which he said would reposition the sport for growth in the country.

Earlier, the hosting right of the African Senior Championships to Nigeria was announced in Paris, France on August 18, 2017, during the World Championships.

According to the statement, the competition will take place in Port Harcourt while the Rivers State Government has agreed to sponsor and provide the required support that will give it a success story.

NWF also said the Governor Wike Championship would hold in November, adding that it would be used to test facilities, prepare Nigerian wrestlers and serve as qualifiers for the African Championship in February 2018.

“About Ninety 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 of the Federation praised the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for his magnanimity in agreeing to sponsor both events and hopes other states will emulate and support the sport nationwide,” the statement said.

The Federation further thanked Nigerian wrestlers for their efforts and achievements at the just concluded World Championships in France, in which Odunayo Adekuoroye won a silver medal, the best success Nigeria 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 NWF 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 Captain Murtala Abdul-Loko, Brigadier General U. Olatoye, and Mr Nnaemeka Edeh, as NWF board members.