African Wrestling Championship Kick-Start in Rivers State


By: Joy Odor/Kaduna

The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the African Wrestling Championship, Mr. Boma Iyaye assured that Port Harcourt is ready to host the rest of Africa, in what he says would be one of the best championships ever organized.

Mr. Iyaye, who is also the Rivers Commissioner for Sports stated this to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Tuesday stressed that security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of everybody before, during and after the championship.

According to him, African Wrestling Championship which will be flagged of tomorrow (Friday) will kick-starts the beginning of the Championship as is tradition across the world, pointing out that the famed welcoming culture of Rivers people would be on display throughout the one-week event.

He mentioned that Nigeria will present an unprecedented 90-man team, comprising of 30 cadets, 30 Junior and 30 senior wrestlers to the tournament.

Among those that will lead Nigeria’s quest for glory include World silver medalist and 2014 Commonwealth Champion, Odunayo Adekuoroye; 7-time African Champion, Blessing Oborodudu; Commonwealth Champions Aminat Adeniyi and Ifeoma Nwoye and 5-time African Champion, Amas Daniel.

Officials of the United World Wrestling Africa, wrestlers across the continent and various heads of delegations are expected to arrive Port Harcourt between 5th and 6th of February, while the opening ceremony and championship proper start on Wednesday, February 7th.

“It will mark the first time the championship is taking place in West Africa, just as the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has put everything in place to ensure a glorious outing” he said.

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