All is now set for Nigeria’s participation in the Grand Prix of Germany event in Dormagen as well as the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov ranking series tournament in Bulgaria.
Both tournaments will afford the athletes the opportunity to gain ranking points in the sport ahead of the world championship and the forthcoming Olympics.
A continent of three female wrestlers and a coach will depart Nigeria on Thursday, 21 February via a Lufthansa Airliner ahead of the tournaments.
The wrestlers – all Commonwealth champions – are Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) and Blessing Oborududu (68kg). They will be led by experienced female coach, Purity Akuh.
The Grand Prix of Germany event will run from 22-24 February, with the Team moving over to Ruse, Bulgaria on 27 February for the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov ranking series tournament which will be staged from 28 February to 3 March.
“It is very important for us to be at the ranking series because last year we were not ranked at all,” coach Purity said. “And this year, the President (Daniel Igali) has decided that we have to go to all the ranking tournaments so that we can be ranked.
“Our participation means most of our top athletes can be ranked. The competitions will help boost their ranking.”