The Nigeria Wrestling Federation has invited 32 wrestlers for the first phase of camping ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The XXI Commonwealth Games are scheduled to hold in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between April 4 and 14.
NWF secretary Ahmed Abdullahi told NAN in Abuja that the camping would hold in three phases in Port Harcourt.
Abdullahi said the first phase of the camping would hold from January 5 to February 12, while the second phase would commence immediately after the end of the first phase.
Meanwhile, Nigeria?s 48kg wrestler Mercy Genesis is now number one in Africa following the January rankings released by the United World Wrestling.
NAN reports that Genesis, an African champion, had been unranked and has now gained a step to start 2018 at number 20.
Genesis, who is the only African in the 48kg ranking, broke into limelight after beating Rosemary Nweke at the 2015 All Africa Games trials in Abuja.
The University of Port Harcourt 300 level Human Kinetic and Health Education student expressed joy over the development, promising to put in more efforts in 2018.
She said, ?I?m dumbfounded. I never expected it, because I was absent at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships in South Africa.
?All the same, I?m grateful to God, the President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, and my coach, Victor Kodei, for believing in my abilities.?
NAN reports that Genesis won gold after defeating Rebecca Nuambo of Cameroon in the final of the 2015 AAG in Congo.
The Bayelsa-born wrestler lost 4-0 to Poland?s Nina Matkowska at the 2016 Rio Olympics.