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African traditional wrestlers during the international championship of The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS or CEDEAO) in Dakar Senegal. After losing the title to Nigeria last year, the Senegalese home team came out as champion again this time. The championship is prestigious, but commercial wrestling where the fighters are allowed to punch (lutte avec frappe) is more popular with audience and players. The prize money in those fights goes up to 150.000 Euros. The matches attract up to 60.000 spectators. Wrestling has become more popular than football in Senegal in recent years.

Wrestling Federation Thinks Competing and Winning

Written By: SD Reporter

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has outlined the forthcoming Commonwealth wrestling Championship in South Africa, the 2017 Governor Wike championship slated for November and next year’s African Senior Championships and the Commonwealth Games in Australia as a major focus of the board.

At the board meeting in Abuja, the President of the federation, Daniel Igali urged members to be ready for the task ahead which he believes will re-position the sport for growth in the country.

The hosting right of the African Senior Championships to Nigeria was announced in Paris, France on 18th August 2017 during the World Championships. It will be staged in Port Harcourt and the Rivers state Government has agreed to sponsor and provide the required support that will give it a success story.

Also, the Governor Wike Championship will be done in November and it is wrestling meet that will 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 ten 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, Governor Nyesom Wike for his magnanimity in agreeing to sponsor both events and hopes other states will emulate and support the sport nationwide.

The praises were also extended to Nigerian wrestlers for their efforts and achievements at the just concluded World Championships in France. Odunayo Adekuoroye won a silver medal and it is the best result the country 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 the Federation President is to help source for funds to support the Federation 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 Capt. Murtala Abdul-Loko, Brig. Gen. U. O Olatoye and Mr. Nnaemeka Magnus Edeh as board members of Nigeria wrestling Federation (NWF).

It’s not a game. We don’t play it… WE WRESTLE!


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