NWF Intensifies Preparations For 1st Gov Diri National Wrestling Championship

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 By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos


The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has continued to dot the i’s and cross the t’s in readiness for the forthcoming maiden Governor Diri National Wrestling Championship, which will be staged in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital  from  April 27 to May 3, 2022.
No fewer than 300 athletes and officials from across the 36 states and the FCT, military and para-military wrestling clubs around the country are expected to vie for honours at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Samson Siaisia Sports Stadium during the championship.
Olympic silver medallist, Blessing Oborududu (68kg), former World No. 1 Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), 2-time Commonwealth gold medallist Aminat Adeniyi, African champions Hannah Reuben, Esther Kolawole, Emmanuel Ogbonna and veteran Amas Daniel are some of the elite wrestlers expected to grace the tournament, which will also serve as qualifiers for next month’s 2022 African Wrestling Championships in El Jadida, Morocco.
A statement signed by the Technical Director of the federation, Sir Damian Ohaike indicates that the tournament is strictly for Senior and U-15 athletes – who will contest in three weight classes each in Women Wrestling, Freestyle and Greco Roman events.
The statement further informed that arrival of athletes and officials will be on April 27, followed by a technical meeting of the coaches and referees, as well as draws for the U-15 events the next day. 
Medical examination of the athletes and competition proper will commence on  April 29 through  May 2, with departure of the participants slated for  May 3.

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