*We have prepared well for this championship
By Adeyemi Robinson-Adefioye, Lagos
Chief coach of the Team Nigeria Armwrestling squad, Femi Akinsanya, has vowed that the Nigerian team would spring surprises at the 8th Africa Armwrestling Championship, Lagos 2017 as the competition begins on Wednesday, 28th June, 2017 at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Akinsanya, who is ably assisted by Ogenna Nnmezu popularly called ‘Mr. Nature,’ stated that, Team Nigeria has been preparing for the championship months ago with series of national championships hosted in Nigeria by the Engineer Samuel Jackson-led Nigeria Armwrestling Federation.
“We have the athletes with the right character to win the overall title of the African Championship in the male category, our ladies are also not bad. We know our strongest challengers would be coming from Egypt, Cameroon, Mali and Ghana, but we are equal to the task. We shall be presenting 20 athletes to launch the country into prominence in the African continent. We have been to two World Championships and have garnered enough exposure to take the lead in Africa.”
The 8th African Armwrestling Championship begins on Wednesday June 28, 2017 at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos with the Technical Meeting and the African Congress where far reaching decisions about the sport in the continent will be discussed. While, the main competition commences on June 29 with weighing of athletes and the Referees Seminar.
The championship will officially be declared opened on Friday June 30 by the president of the Armwrestling Federation of Africa, Egyptian, Zain El abedin Aly, who is already in Lagos, Nigeria for the event. Competition proper will start with the Left and Right Arm challenges.
The closing ceremony on Saturday would witness celebrity armwrestling contests where top sports administrators and other members of the public would take to the floor in demonstration events.