‘Paucity of funds af­fect­ing Nige­ria’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in World Wrestling Cham­pi­onships’

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The Nige­rian Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion (NWF) on Thurs­day said that paucity of funds had forced it to prune the num­ber of wrestlers for the forth­com­ing World Wrestling Cham­pi­onships in Paris.

The Pres­i­dent of NWF, Daniel Igali, told the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) on tele­phone that a full team was what was ini­tially in­tended to rep­re­sent the coun­try.

NAN re­ports that the cham­pi­onships com­mence on Aug. 21and end on Aug. 27.

“The tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee had ear­lier rec­om­mended for all the gold medal­ists at the last African cham­pi­onships to at­tend.

“The current fi­nan­cial real­i­ties have forced us to prune the num­ber to six.

“Fund­ing the trip still re­mains a chal­lenge as we have yet to raise the required funds to fa­cil­i­tate the wrestlers par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he said.

Igali, who is also a mem­ber of the Bayelsa House of As­sem­bly, how­ever, called on the sport’s lovers to come to their aid through fund­ing.

“We are calling on Nige­ri­ans to come to our aid so that the wrestlers can par­tic­i­pate and show­case their skills. “They have pre­pared so hard and I don’t want their ef­forts to be in vain,” he said.

On the fi­nal team list, Igali said, that “we will unveil the num­ber on the fi­nal list to the me­dia about 10 days be­fore the event.”

At the last edi­tion of the World Cham­pi­onships which held in Las Ve­gas, Nige­ria won a bronze medal through Adekuoroye Odunayo in the 53kg class.

In this edi­tion, Adekuoroye will, how­ever, be com­pet­ing in the 55kg class. (NAN) will

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