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Governors Nyesom Wike, Seriake Dickson support wrestling championships

Governors Seriake Dickson and Nyesom Wike…united to lift wrestling

has announced two massive tournaments to be sponsored by River and Bayelsa State governor, Barrister Nyeson Wike and Seriake Dickson respectively.

The federation said it has concluded arrangements to hold its National Junior and Senior championships in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa state from 8th to13th of March, 2017

The Technical director of the federation, Damian Ohaike said 10 weight categories in each of the three styles (Greco-Roman, Freestyle and female wrestling) will feature in the championship.

He said the Greco-Roman which is for male under the age of 17 shall fall within 52kg and 60kg, while seniors are: 59kg, 66kg, 71kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 98kg & 130kg.

For women, Damian noted that the junior shall be within the weight level of 44kg and 46kg while the seniors are: 48kg, 53kg, 55kg, 58kg, 60kg, 63kg, 69kg & 75kg.

The technical director said the Men’s freestyle weight category for junior 17 and below is 50kg and 54kg whereas, for the seniors; 57kg, 61kg, 65kg, 70kg, 74kg, 86kg, 97kg & 125kg.

He explained that in order to meet up with the United World Wrestling standards, the country’s federation will be no weight tolerance.

Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike has directed that the Ministry of Sports in Rivers State should liaise with the Nigeria Wrestling Federation to host an Annual Senior National Wrestling championships in Rivers State.

The Governor further directed that the Nigeria Wrestling Federation should bid to host the 2018 Senior African Wrestling championships in the city of Port Harcourt.

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation will soon consult the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to submit a bid for the hosting rights to the 2018 Senior Africa Wrestling championships as soon as practicable.

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