President Nigeria wrestling federation, Hon Daniel Igali on Thursday met with the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts, Senator Shehu Sani over the level of preparations of the Nigeria wrestling team.
Igali in a chat with naijacombatcorner said the visit became necessary as the Olympics games is in six (6) weeks and the team is yet to attend any invitational tournament.
He said the team has missed invitational tournaments due to lack of funds which is not a good one for the federation.
The president said “it unfortunate the team missed invitational tournaments like the International Wrestling tournament (in cornianu and ladislau Simon seniors’ freestyle and women) scheduled for 18-19 June, 2016 in Bucharest, Romania and Canada cup of international wrestling tournament for June 25, 2016 in Guelph Ontario, Canada.
The world champion said the only available tournament left for the Nigeria wrestling team is the International campus training Championship in Madrid, Spain from 11-16th July, 2016.
He added that the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts promised to support the team in ensure they participate at the invitational tournament.
Igali noted that plans are underway to organize an annual wrestling championship in Kaduna.
It is worthy to note that seven wrestlers will represent Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics and they are; Mercy Genesis (48Kg), Odunayo Adekuoroye (53Kg), Aminat Adeniyi (58Kg), Blessing Oborududu (63Kg), Hannah Reuben (69Kg), Amas Daniel (65Kg) and Soso Tamara (97Kg).