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Victorious Nigerian wrestlers depart for African Championship/Olympic qualifiers in Egypt

Posted : 18 March 2024

The Nigerian wrestling contingents to the African Games have departed Ghana ahead of the African Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Alexandria, Egypt.

The tournament will feature wrestlers from the U17, U20, and Senior categories, with the senior competition scheduled for March 18th to 20th.

While the Olympic qualifiers commence two days after the Championships, from March 22nd to 24th.

The Wrestling Olympic team, which consists of six female wrestlers and five male wrestlers that dominated the African Games, will hope to secure a place in this year's Olympic Games in Paris.

The two highest-placed athletes in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories will obtain one quota place each.

Recall that Odunayo Adekuoroye is the only Nigerian wrestler who has secured a qualification to the Olympic Games so far.

The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Dr. Daniel Igali, who is still excited about the team’s performance at the African Games, hopes for a better display during the qualifiers.

"My focus is on us getting to Alexandria, Egypt because there has been a lack of funds, but if you are looking at one, two, three Federations that will give Nigeria medals at the Olympic Wrestling Federation is one of them," Igali stated.

African Championships 2024 female list:

1. 50kg - Mercy Genesis
2. 53kg - Ogunsanya Christinah Tolulope
3. 55kg - Idris Adijat Avorshai
4. 57kg - Adekuoroye Odunayo Folasade (Qualified)
5. 59kg - Adekuoroye Mercy Bolafunoluwa
6. 62kg - Kolawole Esther Omolayo
7. 65kg - Ebipade Mughenbola
8. 68kg - Oborududu Blessing
9. 72kg - Biogos Ebi
10. Hannah Reuben

African Championships male team and officials:

1. Enozunomi Simon - 57kg
2. Stephen Simon - 65kg
3. Braverman Oyeinkeperemo - 74kg
4. Harrison Onovwiomobohwo - 86kg
5. Ashton Mutuwa - 125kg

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