Sunday Amos aims to win a medal at the 100% raw powerlifting world championship

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Nigeria powerlifter, Sunday Amos Erepadei has promised that he will win a medal for Nigeria at the 100% raw powerlifting world championship

The 100% raw powerlifting world championship is scheduled to take place in Virginia, United State of America (USA) from October 28 to November 1st, 2015.

Amos said his aim at the 100% raw powerlifting world championship is to become a world champion.

The Bayelsa born who has never won a world championship said with the adequate training gone through by him, their is nothing stopping him from making the country proud.

“I know am meeting champions but anything that goes up must surely come down. This time they are coming down and am going up”, said Amos.

He said “The competition starts tomorrow and i want Nigerians all over the world to pray for me”.

It will be recalled that Sunday Amos in 2013 was one of the Nigerians the British Power-lifting Federation give invitation to participate in British Powerlifting championship as guest from Nigeria.

He was the only Nigerian to win a  gold medal at the championship held at Newcastle, united kingdom


Lagos state to host Traditional Sport from Oct. 28th to 30th


The Chairman of the Lagos State Traditional Sports Council, Augusto Bash, said on Thursday that the association would stage an open competition in Kokowa (traditional wrestling) and Ayo.

Bash told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the event would commence on Oct. 28 and end on Oct. 30, noting that the event was sponsored by Kerlin Traditional drinks.

Bash said the competition would help to keep athletes busy and showcase their talents.

He added that athletes expected to showcase their skills in the coming event will compete in 55kg, 65kg, 75kg, 85kg and 100 kg for Kokowa.

Bash, who described the sponsors of the event as people who cared for the future of the sport, urged notable individuals and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the sport.

“We are happy to finally have a sponsor, it is sad that many people will prefer to put money in football and other sports rather than home-grown sport.

“When we look at the level of sponsorship Japan and South-Korea give to their home-grown sports like Wushu-Kungfu and Taekwondo, one should begin to question what our leaders are thinking.

“It is even sad that we cannot boast of any home grown sports in the Africa Games, this does not help us to promote our own culture and traditions’’

Taekwondo: CCSF tournament to get World ranking in 2016

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Jonathan Nnaji, Vice-President, African Taekwondo Union (AFTU) says efforts are on to upgrade the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF) tournament to a G-1 ranking – a world level championship.

Nnaji made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the ongoing 3rd CCSF Open Tournament in Abuja on Saturday.

Nnaji said that when approved, the CCSF tournament would serve as qualifying tournament for world and continental taekwondo events.

“I will tell you frankly that with what I have seen here, the journey of making this championship a world ranking event will be successful.

‘’This is because we have all it takes to host an international competition here.

“This is my third year of attending this tournament and each time I come, I notice that it has moved from a lower step to a higher step.

“I am the one representing AFTU and World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) in this event.

‘’I will tell them how it started and where we are and what I believe will happen if CCSF is given a world rating,’’ he said.

“The report we got is that, this tournament has usually been of high standard.

‘’This time around, Chika wrote to African Taekwondo body and they sent me to come and observe and report back.

“This means that the journey to it becoming a G-1 ranking tournament has just started and I am highly impressed with what I have seen here,’’ Nnaji said.

Nnaji added that AFTU had concluded plans to include the CCSF taekwondo tournament in its calendar of events from 2016.

“The AFTU President has mandated me to get the details of all the shows taking place here because it’s going to form part of our programme for next year.

“I am sure that the CCSF championship will be included in the African calendar because all the things technically behind taekwondo are here,” he said.

Walid Gouda, Chairman of Trainers Committee of AFTU, told NAN that the CCSF championship was as good as any other world level event.

Gouda, an Egyptian, who is in charge of WTF TV, expressed the optimism that the championship would be an international event as from 2016.

“I am surprised to find such a high level of organisation both in technical and in the athletes.

“May be I shouldn’t be surprised because the organiser of the event is one of the Olympic champions, so, when he thinks of organising events, it must be this way.

“I will make a good report and present it to the President of the AFTU, who is also the Vice-President of WTF about the high standard of this competition.

“Everything must be rated and presented to the AFTU which will forward it to the WTF board.

‘’I believe that next year, it will be approved by WTF as a world level championship,’’ Gouda said.

NAN reports that Nigeria, Ghana, Niger Republic, Mali, Togo, Cameroun, Senegal, Gabon and Congo are participating in the two-day tournament.

Twenty-four Nigerian states, seven universities and 10 clubs, the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, Immigration and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps are also taking part in the event.

The event, which began on Oct. 24 in Abuja is expected to end on Oct. 25, has N2.4 million as its prize money.

Football have failed Nigerians- Momoh…. concentrate on individual sports “NOW”


Kogi State wrestling Coach Philip Momoh has called on the National Sport Commission to concentrate on the promotion of individual sports in the country to enhance the chances of the country winning many medals at major continental competitions.

Momoh told naijacombatcorner that football in Nigeria is overrated and are not yielding the expected results.

“Take a look at the just concluded All Africa Games, Nigeria wrestlers won a total of 18 medals consisting of  9 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals, Nigeria boxers had 4 gold and 2 silver medals which is a total of 6. But the Nigeria went will 46 football players and came back with one silver. I beleive a lot needs to be done, said Momoh.

Momoh advised Nigeria to emulate countries like South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and Algeria.

“The South Africans saw that there was no way for them in Football, so they decided to diversify amd invest in swimming, golf rugby and the rest. I am urging those  steering the ship of sport in our dear country to invest half of the billions on other sport”, noted Momoh.

Momoh added that as the Olympics is around the corner, the Nigeria Sports Commission need to encourage athletes who just returned from the just concluded All Africa Games by allowing them participate at international competitions across the globe.

Benin to host South-South Open Boxing Championship

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No fewer than 100 boxers will be expected to participate in the maiden South-South Open Boxing Championship, scheduled to run from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18 in Benin.

This is contained in a statement released  by the Chairman of Edo State Boxing Association, Wellington Okoh.

It said the boxers and their officials would be expected from Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta, Rivers and Edo states.

‎The statement said that the competition, which would be bankrolled by the Zonal Directorate of the National Sports Commission (South-South Zone), was being organized by the Edo State Sports Council.

‎It added that championship was part of the renewed drive to revive the sport in Edo and beyond.

The statement noted that Edo and Delta had in the past been regarded as the centre of boxing in the country.

It said that the event would help to re-ignite boxing within the region.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the local organising committee, Tony Oghuma, assured the participating states of `robust’ championship that would be devoid of problems.

It urged states in the region to participate actively in the championship.

Thirteen nations to participate in Dakar for ECOWAS Wrestling competition


Thirteen state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have confirmed their participation in the 7th edition of the African Wrestling competition which starts at the Iba Mar Diop stadium in Dakar Today (Friday) and scheduled to end on Sunday.

An official statement by the National Committee for the Management of Wrestling in Senegal (CNG) reveals that apart from the host country Senegal, brings together Burkina Faso, Benin, Liberia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Two countries which never took part in the competition, Cote d’Ivoire and Cape Verde are also absent from this competition.
The matches will be played individually and by teams.

Senegal which won five of the six previous editions (against one for Nigeria) is the favourite of this competition, the organization of which is part of celebrating ECOWAS 40th anniversary (1975 – 2015).

Nigeria Kokowa Wrestlers will shock counterparts- Gambo Agbem


Traditional Wrestling (Kokowa) Assistant National Coach, Gambo Agbem said Nigeria Kokowa wrestlers possesses what it takes to upset favorite countries at the 7th edition of the ECOWAS Wrestling Championship which begins today (October 9th) in Dakar, Senegal.

Gambo who expressed confidence over the wrestlers paraded said Nigerians should expect nothing less that the trophy.

“We have two All Africa Games medalist in the team Soso Tamara and Sinivie  Boltic and am optimistic that they will lift the nation’s name high” said Gambo.

He added that the president trado sports federation Nigeria, Mohammed Abdullahi has provided an enabling environment for the grooming of younger traditional wrestlers noting that Kokowa will start featuring in secondary schools and during festive activities in villages.

The team on Wednesday left the shores of Nigeria with Coach Oppiah and the five wrestlers.