The technical director of Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Damien Ohaike has hailed the body’s latest training programme, with a view that the clinic for wrestlers, referees and coaches was a very lofty step in the right direction.
Ohaike pointed out that the clinic, which held on Monday, was meant to refresh them for this year’s Governor Dickson Wrestling Classics, which began Tuesday in the sports hall of Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
He disclosed further that the session, which was handled by president of the body, Honourable Daniel Igali and chairman of Nigeria Wrestling Referees Association, Yusuf Usman, who explained with practicals new rules that are now guiding the grapplers’ sport.
On his part, Igali said he expects a competitive championship, with lots of gains at stake, and charged all the wrestlers and their coaches to keep to the rules and abide with all expectations from the organisers.
The training session was followed by draws for the Cadet Category of Greco Roman 46kg, 48kg, 55kg and 65kg; as well as Freestyle 46kg, 48kg, 55kg and 65kg, along with women’s 36kg, 46kg, 53kg and 61kg.
About 500 athletes and officials from states and wrestling clubs across the country are registered at the competition, which will also serve as qualifiers for this year’s Africa Games in Morocco and World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan, billed to come up in September.
Ohaike declared: “The training session was very necessary at this point in time, as the referees, coaches and wrestlers are expected to apply what they have learnt at the (clinic into the) championship.”
Nigerian Youths Win Swimming Gold In Germany
The winning team from this year’s Ikoyi Club Swimming Gala, Young Swimmers Club, have emerged victorious at the 2019 International Neptun-Nehein Swimfest in Arnsberg, Germany.
The young swimmers, who were revelations at the club’s inter-school competition earlier in the year, amassed 42 gold, 48 silver and 27 bronze medals to beat competitors from 11 other countries.
Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938 swimming section, Oloyede Obatoyinbo expressed satisfaction with the performance of the swimmers, but said they needed to work harder to achieve more than they have done.
While also applauding Zenith Bank for sponsoring the club’s swimming competition and investing in developing young talents, Obatoyinbo also called on other corporate bodies to emulate them.
Obatoyinbo added: “I am happy we came first again but I know we can do better. Some of the events we won silver and bronze.
“It would have been gold, but for me it was a good outing generally and I want to applaud all the swimmers for their performance.
“It is a joy for them winning the title and for us as a club and we will continue to do our best to expose all these young talents to more championships especially against top swimmers from around the world.
“We are looking forward to having some of them winning medals at the Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and World Championships.
“I want to praise Zenith Bank for their support and hope others come and do same thing, not only for swimming, but for other sports too.”