The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) in a brief but colourful ceremony in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria inducted seven new members into its Champions Club owing to their gold medal-winning exploits at the last three African Senior Wrestling Championships. Cash rewards and gifts of N50,000 and N100,000 were respectively handed over to Commonwealth champions, Blessing Oborududu who won a record 10th consecutive African title in Algeria last February, and Odunayo Adekuruoye for emerging as the first Nigerian wrestler to pick a ticket for the 2020 Olympics in Japan after winning a bronze medal at the World Championships in Kazakhstan last year.
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Some of the new wrestlers inducted into the higly rated Champions Club include, Hannah Reuben (65kg), Bisola Makunjuola (59kg), Ekerekeme Agiomor (86kg), and Bose Samuel (53kg), who all won their first continental titles in 2018 during the African Championships in Port Harcourt. Other wrestlers that made their way into the Club include African champions, Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg), Sunmisola Balogun (72kg), and Esther Kolawole (55kg) who in brilliant fashion claimed her first senior title in Algiers last month.
While addressing the new inductees at the event, the NWF president Honourable Daniel Igali, charged the wrestlers to be consistent with good moral conduct and abstain from acts that will bring disrepute to wrestling in Nigeria.
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You should see your induction into the Champions Club as a great honour and privilege which came as a result of your hard work. Always stay clean and avoid taking performance-enhancing drugs capable of damaging your career and getting you delisted from the Champions Club. As ambassadors of our great country Nigeria, you owe the nation a duty of representing her in an exemplary manner both on and off the mats. I also want to use this opportunity to encourage you all to go for more glory at the continent, the World Championships and the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics in JapanDaniel Igali
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