Nigerian wrestling is set to return this January after the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, NWF, disclosed that all is set for the maiden edition of the Champion of Champions wrestling tournament in Yenagoa, the capital city of Bayelsa State. The event will hold under strict COVID-19 protocols from January 15-18, 2020 at the ultra-modern Theatre of Wrestling Complex, Yenizue Gene.
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It will see Nigeria’s top 5 wrestlers in the six Olympic weight classes in Women Wrestling and Freestyle events, compete for the win. It will be recalled that the last time Nigerian wrestlers competed at a tournament was during the 2020 African Senior Wrestling Championships in Algeria (February 8-9, 2020). The restrictions placed on sporting activities due to COVID-19 meant Nigerian wrestlers had to settle for personal workout routines to remain in shape.
Commenting on the maiden edition of the tournament, Hon. Daniel Igali, the President of the NWF and sponsor of the event, disclosed that the competition will help put Nigerian wrestlers in great shape ahead of the 2021 African Championships and Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifiers, all set to be held in Morocco by April 2021.
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‘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 goal for this tournament is to have the top five 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.’
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