Igali Makes Case for Nige­ria to Host African Wrestling

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Pres­i­dent of Nige­ria Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion, Daniel Igali, has de­scribed the visit of the Pres­i­dent of United World Wrestling – Africa, Fouad Mesk­out, as a ma­jor turn­ing point for wrestling in Nige­ria.

Nige­ria is bid­ding to host the 2018 Africa Wrestling Cham­pi­onship and when Mesk­out made a three-day work­ing visit to in­spect fa­cil­i­ties for the tour­na­ment, Igali said it pro­vided a huge chance in show­cas­ing the devel­op­ment of the sport in the coun­try.

Igali told the African wrestling boss that Nige­ria had pro­duced pas­sion­ate and world-class wrestlers who are ea­ger to pro­mote the sport by com­pet­ing with the best at home.

”Since 1976 till date, Nige­ria has not hosted the African Cham­pi­onship. It is about time for Nige­ria; we have the ca­pac­ity, ma­te­rial wealth and full sup­port of the Rivers State Gov­ern­ment. We are con­fi­dent we will not lack any­thing.”

Igali lav­ished praises on the Gov­er­nor of Rivers State, Nye­som Wike for dis­play­ing amaz­ing sup­port in the bid process and be­lieves host­ing the tour­na­ment in Port Har­court pro­vides use­ful op­por­tu­nity to show­case the sport to prospec­tive spon­sors.

”Gov­er­nor Nye­som Wike has been awe­some. He made things look so easy when he con­firmed his in­ter­est to host the cham­pi­onship and if we have more per­sons like him, Wrest­ing in Nige­ria will grow to ad­mirable heights.

“I have told the Pres­i­dent of African Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion that after we host next year’s edi­tion, in 2019 the coun­try will be asked to host again be­cause it will be the best in the history of the com­pe­ti­tion.”

The African wrestling boss, Mesk­out, also con­firmed he was im­pressed with the fa­cil­i­ties he saw in Port Har­court and after meet­ing with the Min­is­ter of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung and of­fi­cials of the Nige­ria Olympic Com­mit­tee, he was con­vinced the coun­try is de­ter­mined to pro­mote the sport by host­ing the con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onship.

Nige­ria and Tu­nisia are chas­ing the host­ing rights for the tour­na­ment that is sche­vuled to take place in Fe­bru­ary next year.

The win­ner of the bid will be an­nounced on Au­gust 18 in Switzer­land.

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