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Nigeria wrestlers barred

03 September 2014, 16:06

Tashkent - Nigeria’s wrestling team has been barred from attending the 2014 Senior World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, due to fears of spreading the Ebola virus.

The barring was initiated through FILA, an international wrestling association, and included Sierra Leone Liberia, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not only have the teams been banned, but the African officials due to attend the FILA Bureau Elections will also be absent.

Daniel Igali, president of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation, wrote a letter of concern to FILA president Nenad Lalovic.

“In that letter, I expressed my displeasure and disappointment felt by the athletes and officials whose exclusion from the 2014 world championships, apart from preventing them from world class experience and opportunity, also stigmatises them as carriers of a horrible disease,” Igali wrote.

Also read: Nigeria wrestlers wait on WWC

“I would like to get clarification from you on whether the said five federation presidents (now six, with Senegal which recently had a case of positive Ebola infection) can be allowed entry into Tashkent for the FILA congress.

“As Prince Sualley mentioned, there are stringent health checks in place at airports in these countries which makes it impossible for affected persons to make it through these checks to board flights out of them. You know the importance of the FILA congress in the calendar of a national wrestling federation. More importantly, there are a few presidents from these affected countries that are candidates for the FILA Bureau.”

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