The Nigeria Wrestling Federation has extended the registration deadline for countries wishing to participate in the Africa Wrestling Championship billed to hold in Port Harcourt next month to January 31, 2018.
About 43 Countries are expected to compete at the tournament to be staged in Port Harcourt, Rivers State from February 7th ? 11th, 2018 and it will be the first time Nigeria will be hosting since 1976.
President of the federation, Hon. Daniel Igali informed NationSport that all hands are on deck to ensure that the country put up the best in terms of organization in the history of the tournament.
?In the history of wrestling in Africa, We?ve never had competitions in February before. The earliest has been the end of March. So a lot of countries now have budget issues. Normally the registration supposed to come to an end on the 7th of January but we decide to end it on the 31st. So it is until the end of this month that we would be able to know the exact numbers of countries coming,? Igali told NationSport.
Meanwhile the NWF Technical Director, Sir Damian Ohaike informed NationSport that the country?s wrestlers have continued preparations for the African Wrestling Championship in three center: Bayelsa, Port Harcourt and Ondo.
?The camp is on in the three centers and the athletes are getting on fine with their preparations. All the Greco Roman wrestlers including the Senior teams are camped in Yenegoa, Bayelsa; the Cadet and Junior are camped in Ondo and we also have Cadet and Junior wrestlers in Port Harcourt,? Ohaike told NationSport.