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‘Time for wrestling to shine’

29 June 2015, 17:33

Lagos - The president of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, is backing Nigeria's wrestlers to bring home a pile of gold medals from the upcoming All Africa Games.

As preparation, Iglai said the wrestling team will have a number of training camps and hiring a new coach.

"We're hoping to have our national championships and trials by the end of July ahead of the All Africa Games," he said on punchng.com.

"We're looking at having a tournament in Romania in the second week in July before we begin the trials and selection for the Games.

"If we're lucky to have the Governor Seriake Dickson Wrestling Classics, then we will use that as our national championships. We must have the classics before the All Africa Games, and it must be in July so that we can make selections early.

Also read: Wrestling Federation eyes Africa Games medals

"The classics have been postponed twice, but I don’t think it's because the governor does not have interest in the sport, it must be due to the elections. Now that the elections are over, I believe the governor will finance the classics.

"Funds are not readily available as we expected, but we've started partnership with some people on how to fund the wrestling team. The Federal Government is still our major financier but we’re seeking funds from Ondo, Bayelsa and Delta states; these are the states that can help us achieve some of our goals.

"The wrestling team will feature in the Romanian championship from July 12 to 17. I will want a national championship after this to select my team.

"We've looking at hiring a coach that will train our athletes on Greco Roman for three months because we're deficient in this area. We also plan on hiring a freestyle coach...both of them must come in the first week of July. If I get the desired results from the two professionals after the All Africa Games, then we can retain them for the Olympics."

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