Nigeria Wrestling team returned to the country yesterday (Monday) after winning 10 medals (four gold, three silver and three bronze) at the just concluded 2016 African Wrestling Championships in Alexandra, Egypt, in the female freestyle and male freestyle categories.
The just concluded African championship is a prerequisite to the Olympic qualifications scheduled for March 30th to April 4th in Algeria.
In female freestyle, seven-time African champion, Blessing Oborodudu, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth gold medalists, Odunayo Adekuoroye and Aminat Adeniyi won gold medals apiece, while silver medals were won by Anambra duo of Rosemary Nweke and Nwoye Ifeoma (who is the first Nigerian to win a gold medal at the commonwealth) and 2015 All Africa Games silver medalist Blessing Joy Onyebuchi (75Kg) settled for bronze.
In the male freestyle, 2014 Commonwealth bronze medalist and captain, Daniel Amas (65Kg) won Nigeria’s only gold after humiliating Abdelhamid Aly of Egypt by 13-2 points, while 2014 Commonwealth silver medalist, Ebikewenimo Welson bowed in the final to Senegalese Adama Diatta, settling for silver whilst Melvin Bibo (74Kg) Soso Tamara (97Kg) also won a bronze for the nation.
2015 All Africa Games gold medalist, Mercy Genesis was defeated by Senegalese wrestler, Isabelle Sambou in round 1 and Egyptian Mona Elsayed EL Basyo (Round 5) before overpowering Kheira-Chaimaa Yahiaoui of Algeria in Round 3 by 8-0.
The Chairperson, National Olympic Committee (NOC) Women in Sport Commission, Mary Onyali was present at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to welcome the female wrestling team won emerged best female team by winning 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.
It will be recalled that the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung in Abuja inaugurated the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Women in Sport Commission to address low women representation in sports administration.