Nigeria: Wrestlers begin Rio Olympics preparation

Champion of Nigeria wrestling, Odunayo Adekuoroye and 25 other wrestlers has arrived Yenagoa in Bayelsa state capital, Southern Nigeria to begin the build up for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as well as the forthcoming Africa Championship.
The wrestlers consist of 10 female wrestlers, six Greco Roman, nine freestyle wrestlers and 6 coaches.
The Africa Championships is scheduled to hold from March 2 to March 7 in Alexandria, Egypt, while the Africa and Oceania qualifier is scheduled for March 30 to April 4 in Algeria.
According to the President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Daniel Igali, the wrestlers will prepare at the Den Gymnasium Yenagoa, before the national camp opens, adding that the Greco Roman wrestlers will in the next few days be moved to Calabar due to the proximity of the coach.
Igali said most of the wrestlers participated at the All African Games.
He expressed confidence that the National Sports Commission will approve the commencement of national camps soon.
Wrestlers in camp are Adekuoroye Odunayo, Adeniyi Aminat, Oborududu Blessing, Rueben Hannah, Iheanacho Ifeoma, Onyebuchi Blessing, Nweke Rosemary, Genesis Mercy, Nwoye Ifeoma and Makanjuola Bisola in the female category.
The male freestyle has Welson Ebikewenimo, Daniel Amas, Bibo Melvin, Dick Adibo, Tamarau Soso, Clackson Sampson Ekerekeme Agiomor, Ebi Akene and Enozunimi Simeon, while Greco Roman has Nworie Emmanuel, Ituru Oke, Okeke Tochukwu, Onyemelusi Abraham, Agbonavbare Joe and John Ogbonna.
The coaches are Victor Kodei, Purity Akuh, Tiebiri Godswill, Oziti Joe, Happiness Burutu and Damian Ohaike.
Odunayo Adekuoroye is the only wrestler that has so far qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


Aisha JM