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Monday, January 4, 2021

Wrestling: NWF Set For Maiden Champion Of Champions Tournament

 Wrestling: NWF Set For Maiden Champion Of Champions Tournament


The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) have concluded plans to stage the first-ever Champion of Champions tournament in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.


The invitational tournament, which will feature the top 5 wrestlers in the six Olympic weight classes in Women Wrestling and Freestyle events, will take place at the ultra-modern Theatre of Wrestling Complex, Yenizue Gene from 15th to 18th January, 2021 under strict Covid-19 compliance.


It would mark the return to competition for Nigerian wrestlers, who last competed at the 2020 African Senior Wrestling Championships in Algeria nearly a year ago, no thanks to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.


NWF President and sponsor of the competition Hon. Daniel Igali said the Champion of Champions invitational tourney will help put the country’s ‘Olympic hopefuls’ in prime shape and ready for the 2021 African Championships and Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifiers both in El Jadida, Morocco in early April.


“The Champion of Champions (tournament) is an initiative of mine, and the reason for it is to get our Olympic hopefuls prepared for the African Championships and the Africa/Oceania Olympic qualification tournament coming up in early April,” the World and Olympic gold-medalist said.


“The goal for this tournament is to have the top 5 athletes in the Olympic weight classes to square off. So, all five of them will square off against each other.


“So, they’ll have four quality matches in the middle of January, just to get them prepared and to set the stage for the rest of the season.”


The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development also disclosed that prizes will be awarded to the eventual champions, adding that the federation will observe the prevailing Covid-19 protocols in the course of the tournament.


“We plan to have prizes for them (the champions),” he disclosed. “Baraza Multi-Purpose Society will help with some prizes. We are going to get details in the coming week.


“It (the tournament) will be Covid-19 compliant. We are only going to allow the required number of people in the hall – just the coaches, the referees, the wrestlers and very essential staff. So, we are not hoping to have more than 80 people in the hall for this competition.”


Interestingly, the competition is at no cost for the participants, as the NWF have decided to take care of the transportation, accommodation and feeding of the athletes, coaches and referees.




Emeka Dennar

Media Officer

Nigeria Wrestling Federation

Monday, November 2, 2020

Team Nigeria Set For World Championships In Belgrade

 WRESTLING: Team Nigeria Set For World Championships In Belgrade


After weeks of uncertainty, Team Nigeria will attend the 2020 Senior World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia – their first competition since February, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.


This follows approval from the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare for the team to be present in Belgrade, albeit with a small contingent of three wrestlers and a coach.


Subject to the final approval of the United World Wrestling (UWW), three-time World Championships medalist and Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) will be joined by fellow Commonwealth gold medalists Blessing Oborududu (68kg) and Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) at the global showpiece tournament which runs from 12 – 20 December, 2020.


The trio will be led by head coach of the female national team Purity Akuh.


In Belgrade, world number two Adekuoroye, 26, will be gunning for a 4th World Championships medal, having won a silver (in 2017) and two bronze medals (in 2015 and 2019) previously, while 10-time African champion Oborududu, 31, and 5-time African Champion Adeniyi, 27, would hope to land their first medal at the global event and extend her dominance on the continent to the world stage.


Adekuoroye has already booked her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after claiming bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. However, this year's event would not serve as qualifiers for the Tokyo Games.


It marks a return to wrestling for Team Nigeria, who last competed at the African Championships in Algiers in February, where they emerged the Best Female Team of the tournament for a record nine times, claiming 6 gold and and 4 silver medals in 10 events..



Emeka Dennar

Media Officer

Nigeria Wrestling Federation


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