NAWF President says 37th World Armwrestling Championships, an eye-opener

The Nigeria Armwrestling Federation (NAWF) on Tuesday said the just-ended 37th World Armwrestling Championships in Malaysia has served as an eye-opener for its practitioners and officials.

The competition was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 in Kuala Lumpur.

President of NAWF, Olatunji Jackson told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the armwrestlers and their officials now have the experience of competing at international competition.

Jackson said that although, the five armwrestlers for the tournament were unable to win medals at competition, the federation had at least been exposed to the secrets of international competitions.

“This is our first time of participating in international competition and exposed to how competitions are being conducted at international level.

“I was impressed by the armwrestlers even though they were unable to clinch any medal. They put up good performances with impressive skills even as first timers.

“I must, however, acknowledge that the board and technical crew of the federation still have a lot to do on the armwrestling in the country.

“We need to further improve on our skills to make the armwrestlers better and world beaters,’’ he said.

The president also urged the armwrestlers not to relent in training, stressing that it was the only way they could perform better.

“They should not wait until competitions are at hand before they start training. Training is a continuing process for any athlete striving to become future stars,’’ he said.

Jackson had earlier told NAN that the five armwrestlers for the competition were sponsored by members of the board.

The five comprising two men and three women are Ifeanyi Jibunoh and Muyiwa Osideko while the females are Adenike Taiwo, Olayinka Lawson and Mariah Omonehin.


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