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Nigeria Wrestling Federation Approves 39 Events for 3rd Gov. Dickson National Classics

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has approved a total of 39 different events for the 3rd Gov. Dickson National Classics in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

All the 10 senior weight classes in each of the three wrestling styles will feature at the Championships to be staged between 15th and 30th June at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Samson Siasia Sports Stadium.

Dynamite Wrestling Center Yenegoa.

In Women Wrestling, the following events will be competed for: 50kg, 53kg, 55kg, 57kg, 59kg, 62kg,65kg, 68kg, 72kg and76kg. While athletes will also via for honours in the Freestyle events in the these weight classes: 57kg, 61kg, 65kg, 70kg, 74kg, 79kg, 86kg,92kg, 97kg, 125kg

Also, in the Greco Roman style, the senior wrestlers will compete in the 55kg, 60kg, 63kg, 67kg, 72kg, 77kg,82kg 87kg,97kg and 130kg categories.

A statement by the Technical Director of NWF, Sir Damian Ohaike informed that three weight classes for cadet (Under 15) athletes in each of the three styles will also feature at the tournament which will equally serve as qualifiers for the 12th All Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco and the 2019 World Championships later this year in Kazakhstan.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation Elite Team

The nine weight classes for the cadet events are:

(i) Women Wrestling: 36kg, 46kg, 53kg

(ii) Freestyle: 46kg, 48kg, 55kg

(iii} Greco Roman: 46kg, 48kg, 55kg

The cadet events will be used to assess referees who will participate in a 4-day international course prior to the commencement of competition.

Over 500 athletes and officials from different states and wrestling clubs in Nigeria are expected in Yenagoa for the 3rd Gov, Dickson National Classics.

WRESTLING: 3rd Gov. Dickson Classics Get New Date

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) is pleased to announce that the long-awaited 3rd Governor Dickson National Classics will now be staged in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, between 15th and 30th June, 2019.

This follows the approval of the Bayelsa State Government – sponsors of the tournament – for the National Championships to go ahead after previously suffering postponements.

The tournament, which will be staged at the Indoor Sports Hall of the newly-refurbished Samson Siasia Sports Stadium in Yenagoa, will also be used to select athletes that will represent Nigeria at the 12th All-Africa games in Morocco and the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan in September.

No fewer than 500 athletes and officials from different states and wrestling clubs around the country are expected in Yenagoa for the Classics. Already, invitation letters have been sent to the various states and clubs, who have started gearing up for the tournament.

Dynamite Wrestling Center Yenegoa.

The tournament will be preceded by a 4-day international course for coaches and referees.

Participants at the course will be assessed and graded during the 3rd Governor Dickson Classics.

AAG: Igali Calls For Early Camping, Optimistic of 10 Gold Medals From Wrestling

President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Hon. Daniel Igali has called for early and adequate preparation for the country’s wrestlers ahead of the 12th All-Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco, which will be staged from 19th to 31st August this year.

The World and Olympic champion is confident wrestling can deliver no fewer than 10 gold medals for Team Nigeria at the Games given early camping for the athletes.

Team Nigeria Arrive New York In High Spirit For Beat The Streets l(ast year)

After overcoming financial difficulties in March, Igali led a contingent of 16 Nigerian wrestlers to the 2019 Africa Senior Wrestling Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia, where they won a total of 13 medals including 6 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals, with the female team voted the best at the tournament.

“We must start preparing right away,”” the Bayelsa State Lawmaker advised. “From what I did see at the African Championships, the females have the capacity to win between 7 and 8 gold medals. If we prepare from now, I can almost guarantee that we will win about 7 and 8 gold medals with the women alone.

“I also see the possibility of winning about 4 gold medals in the men, that takes us to over 10 gold medals which is about our target for this Games.

Nigeria Wrestling Team

“So, that gives me a lot of course for optimism. I’m very optimistic that if we prepare well, and that is depending on our preparations, if we start our preparation now, because we are about three solid months away from the Games, if we start our preparation in terms of the physical training now, and then we go to the specifics in June, and tipper off in July, then, by August I think we will be fine to go and do the country proud.”

Nigeria won the wrestling event at the last All-Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo four years ago claiming 19 medals comprising 9 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze.

Ogbonna Shines as Nigeria Claim Three Medals In Freestyle At African Senior Wrestling Championships

Team Nigeria’s Emmanuel John Ogbonna won his 3rd consecutive continental gold medal on the final day of competition at the African Senior Wrestling Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia, while Melvin Bibo and Ekereme Agiomor each claimed bronze medal.

Fighting in the final 74kg category, the former World no 1 in the 70kg weight category overcame home-boy Maher Ghanmi 7-1 to claim the ultimate prize.

In the 79kg class, 2018 African champion Agiomor settled for bronze after easily beating his South African opponent Zander Geringer 12-1 via superiority, while Commonwealth silver medalist and veteran Bibo also won bronze with a 7-0 thrashing of Senegal’s Blaise Diatta.

Multiple African champions Amas Daniel (65kg) and Welson Ebikewenimo (57kg) were, however, unsuccessful in their attempts to win medals.

John Ogbonna

Nigeria thus finished 5th in the men’s freestyle with 63 points, behind winners Tunisia (183pts), Egypt (180pts), Algeria (117pts) and Morocco (90pts).

The performance of Nigeria’s male team in the freestyle event capped a brilliant outing for the country’s 16-man team competition, who won a total of 13 medals (6 gold, 2 silver, 5 bronze), with the women claiming an impressive 9 medals on the penultimate day of the competition.

Nigeria’s Wrestling Team Arrive Tunisia For African Championships

The first batch of Nigeria’s contingent to the 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships on Thursday arrived Hammamet, Tunisia, venue of the tournament. The delegation, which was led by President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Hon. Daniel Igali, arrived Tunis at about 11:00hrs local time before proceeding to a 66km road trip to Hammamet.

The delegation comprises of 8-time African champion Blessing Oborududu, Commonwealth gold-medallists Odunayo Adekuoroye and Aminat Adeniyi. Reigning African champions Mercy Genesis, Sunmisola Balogun, Ifeoma Nwoye, Hannah Reuben as well as Rosemary Nweke, Blessing Onyebuchi and Esther Kolawole are also part of the delegation. They are joined by highly-rated female national team head coach Purity Akuh.

The second batch comprising of the men’s team will depart the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos on Thursday night via a Turkish Airline flight, and are expected to land in Tunis the next day.

Nigeria Wrestling Team

African champions Amas Daniel, Agiomor Ekerekeme and Emmanuel John lead the free style wrestlers, with Welson Ebikewenimo, Emmanuel Nworie and Melvin Bibo also part of the squad. They would be travelling in company of NWF Secretary General Almu Lambu, coach Victor Kodei and Dr. Oyinbo Samson

The female wrestlers are billed to compete on Saturday, 20 March while their male counterparts will take to the mat a day later.

The 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships, which started on 26 March, will come to an end on 31 March.

WRESTLING: Nigeria Wrestling Federation Announce African Championships Team

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has announced a tentative 22-man list expected to represent the country at the 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia. The list is made up of 16 athletes, 5 officials and an accompanying referee.

Subject to the availability of funds for their flight tickets and accommodation, the 22-man delegation is expected to depart Nigeria early next week for the continental showpiece slated for 26th to 31st March in the North African Nation.

The list, which is headlined by 8-time (consecutive) African Champion Blessing Oborududu, also has Commonwealth Champions Odunayo Adekuoroye and Aminat Adeniyi as well as Mercy Genesis, Ifeoma Nwoye, Sunmisola Balogun, Hannah Reuben, Emmanuel Ogbonnaya, Amas Daniel, all African champions in their respective weight classes.

Team Nigeria Arrive New York In High Spirit For Beat The Streets l(ast year)

The wrestlers will be guided by experienced national team coaches Purity Akuh and Victor Kodei, with Dr. Oyinbo Samson attending to their medical needs.

NWF President Daniel Igali, a World and Olympic champion and Secretary of the Federation Almu Lambu are expected to be part of the delegation, which will be accompanied by highly-rated referee Usman Yusuf, who will be on officiating duties at the Championships.

Nigeria are the defending champions in Women Wrestling, having won 9 of available 10 gold medals at the last African Championships hosted in Port Harcourt a year ago.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation Elite Team



1. Genesis Mercy (50kg)

2. Nweke Rosemary (53kg)

3. Kolawole Esther (55kg)

4. Adekuoroye Odunayo (57kg)

5. Nwoye Ifeoma (59kg)

6. Aminat Adeniyi (62kg)

7. Balogun Sunmisola (65kg)

8. Oborududu Blessing (68kg)

9. Hannah Reuben (72kg)

10. Onyebuchi Blessing (76kg)


11.Welson Ebikewenimo(57kg)

12. Amas Daniel (65kg)

13. Nworie Emmanuel(71kg)

14. John Emmanuel (74kg)

15. Agiomor Ekerekeme(79kg)

16. Bibo Melvin (86kg)


17.Victor Kodei (Coach)

18. Akuh Purity (Coach)

19. Oyinbo Samson (Medical)

20. Almu Lambu (Secretary)

21. Hon, Daniel Igali (President)

22. Usman Yusuf (Referee)

Nigeria Set To Miss 2019 African Wrestling Championships

Team Nigeria is on the verge of missing out of the 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships slated for Hammamet, Tunisia from 26th to 31st March due to lack of funds.

With registration of athletes set to close on Tuesday, 5th March, the Nigeria Wrestling Federation are yet to purchase the licences of her wrestlers and secure accommodation fees ahead of the continental championships for Cadets, Juniors and Seniors.

As host of the competition last year, Nigeria emerged overall champions of the tournament in Port Harcourt; claiming victory in both the Freestyle (men) and Women’s Wrestling.

Team Nigeria

Such was the dominance of Nigeria in Women Wrestling at the tournament in Port Harcourt that her athletes won 9 of the available 10 gold medals, in addition to a silver medal.

Nigeria also parade no fewer than 25 reigning African Champions in the different weight classes at the moment. Amongst them are Blessing Oborududu, Aminat Adeniyi, Odunayo Adekuoroye, Hannah Reuben, Mercy Genesis, Emmanuel Nworie, Bose Samuel, Ifeoma Nwoye, Sunmisola Balogun, Amas Daniel, Emmanuel Ogbonnya John and Ekerekemo Agiomor.

Failure to compete at the continental showpiece in Hammamet means Nigeria will also miss out of the 2019 World Championships in Kazakhstan in September since the African Championships is a qualifier for the global event.

The ripple effect is that Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will be reduced as the World Championships is the first qualification tournament for the multi-sport fiesta.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation Elite Team

In the meantime, the Ministry of Youth and Sports have been working round the clock in a bid to raise funds and remedy the precarious situation.

If Nigeria fails to make it to Tunisia for the African Championships later this month, it will be the first time-ever that the country will be missing out of the continental event it has dominated over the years.