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NWF set for National trials

Posted : 02 February 2024

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation is set to commence trials for wrestlers across the country ahead of the 2024 African Games in Accra, Ghana, and Olympic Qualifiers in Egypt.

The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Dr. Daniel Igali, noted on Thursday that the trials would serve as an avenue to select the country’s representatives from the top 3 wrestlers in the 22 Olympic weight categories, except for Odunayo Adekuoroye, who has secured qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

According to Daniel Igali, the national trials will commence from February 3rd to February 4th, 2024, at 10 am daily at the Ultra Modern wrestling arena on PDP Road, Yenizue-gene in the Bayelsa State Capital.

He mentioned that the records in the Nigeria Wrestling Federation at international events speak volumes for the federation, adding that the nation’s athletes are prepared for the National trials in Yenagoa.

Daniel Igali further expressed high hopes for the Wrestling Federation in 2024 as it is an Olympic year.

"This is a really big year for sports and the Nigeria Wrestling Federation; we have the African Games and Olympic Qualifiers.

``These trials include 22 Olympic weight classes and 18 non-Olympic weight classes, with 4 non-Olympic classes for Women because we are going with a full female team. In the male category, we will be going with 6 male Olympic weight classes in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle.

``This weekend promises to be intense because everyone would be looking out for an Olympic slot and representing Nigeria in the African Games in Accra, Ghana," Igali said.

In a goodwill message, Dr. Daniel Igali singled out for commendation the magnanimity of the Bayelsa State Government for the continuous sponsorship of the Wrestling Federation activities.

Similarly, the Nigeria Wrestling Federation expressed its gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Sports for its support and hopes for a better welfare package as it enters a crucial time ahead of the Olympics.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Wrestling Federation used the medium to invite the general public to come and witness Wrestling at its best in the National Trials slated for February 3rd to 4th, 2024, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.


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