Nigeria Wrestling Federation prepares for the Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament

Nigerian Wrestling Federation

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) have announced plans to get the country’s wrestlers ready for the Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament from 2nd to 4th April and the preceding 2021 African Championships from 6th – 11th April, both in El Jadida, Morocco.

Team Nigeria wrestlers returned to action for the first time in almost a year at the recently-concluded Baraza Champion of Champions tournament in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, which was held from 15th to 18th January.

Speaking on behalf of the federation, President of the body Hon. Daniel Igali disclosed that the wrestlers will commence preparations for the double –header in Morocco with the forth-coming National Sports Festival in Benin Edo State from 14th to 28th February, before going into an intensive close-camping in Yenagoa a week after the Festival.

World No. 2 in 57kg Women Wrestling Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) is the only Nigerian to have qualified for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games which runs from 23rd July to 8th August this year. However, the NWF is hopeful, at least, seven more wrestlers would join her to Tokyo for the Games.

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nigeria paraded seven wrestlers.