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WRESTLING: Igali Hails Team Nigeria’s World Championships Performance

President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Hon. Daniel Igali has lauded the performance of the country’s wrestlers at the just-concluded Senior World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) booked an Olympic ticket and also won a bronze medal – her third in the tournament’s history – while Blessing Oborududu (68kg) and her namesake Onyebuchi (76kg) both came very close to winning medals and qualifying for next year’s summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Nigeria’s Female wrestling team

The NWF boss says he is more satisfied with the team’s overall performance rather than their results.

“I think the team as a whole did extremely well. In fact, the results don’t even properly tell the story of how these athletes wrestled here (Kazakhstan),” the World and Olympic champion said.

“Odunayo Adekuoroye was superb. She was exceptional, unfortunately, we didn’t win the title as we had hoped to in this tournament, but hopefully, we are postponing it for the Olympics.

“Blessing Oborududu wrestled her heart out and was just unfortunate to have had a 2-2 (criteria) score in the semi-finals of the repechage against the Japanese Olympic champion (Sara Dosho) and didn’t quite qualify, but placed 7th in the World in her weight class.

“So if you look at it, everybody wrestled very well. Mercy (Genesis) had close to 35 people in her weight class (50kg), and placed 18th. We had two people in the top 8 in the world, which is marvelous for a team such as ours.

Adekuoroye with Daniel Igali

“So I am really happy with the performance of the girls.”

Nigeria’s delegation to the World Championships, which is led by Igali himself, is expected back in the country on Tuesday via a Turkish airline flight.

Nigeria’s Adekuoroye Claims Second World Championships Bronze Medal…Oborududu Also In Contention

A day after sealing her place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye won a bronze medal at the ongoing 2019 Senior World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, her third medal in the history of the competition.

After losing in the semi-finals to the eventual champion Risako Kawai of Japan, the World No. 3 in the 57 kg category outclassed Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita 10-0 via technical superiority in the bronze medal match on Thursday to add to the bronze and silver medals she won in the competition in 2015 (USA) and 2017 (France) respectively.

“As you can see, we (Nigeria) came here with five girls and a male, who hasn’t got any medal, so it was like I really need to make my country proud,” the 25-year-old told United World Wrestling after her victory.

“I am so very happy because everyone is my fan and they have been wishing me well even before I qualified. So I am so very glad that I did not put them to shame. I’m happy.

Odunayo Adekuoroye

“For my coach Akuh Purity, I know he is proud of me now, and I am so very proud of him for training me.”

In the meantime, 9-time African champion Blessing Oborududu (68 kg) will be fighting Michelle Montague of New Zealand in the repechage on Friday, as she eyes an Olympic ticket and a possible maiden World Championships medal. If she defeats Montague, Oborududu will face Sara Dosho of Japan for a place in the bronze medal match.

However, her namesake, Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg) was unsuccessful in her bid to land a medal as she lost to China’s Qian Zhou 12-1 in the repechage, while Aminat Adenyi (62kg) could not progress following the failure of her conqueror Ukranian Yuliia Ostapchuk to advance to the final.

2019 Senior World Wrestling championships: Nigeria’s Adekuoroye Seals Olympics Spot

…fights for bronze medal

World No. 3 Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after reaching the semi-finals of the ongoing 2019 Senior World Wrestling championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

To secure her Olympics spot, the 2017 World silver-medallist overwhelmed North Korea’s In Sun Jong 12-2 via technical superiority in the quarter-finals, after easily beating her opponents in the previous rounds.

However, the back-to-back Commonwealth champion will contest for a bronze medal, as she lost 6-1 to two-time World and Olympic champion Risako Kawai of Japan in the semi-final.

Thursday’s bronze medal match between Adekuoroye and a yet-to-determined opponent is slated for around 1pm Nigerian time (6pm in Kazakhstan), and victory will hand the 25-year-old her second bronze medal at the World Championships following her 2015 feat in Las Vegas, USA.

Meanwhile, in the 76kg category, Nigeria’s Blessing Onyebuchi has a chance of claiming a bronze medal, as she fights in the repechage against Aline da Silva Ferreira of Brazil on Thursday.

Odunayo Adekuoroye

The reigning African champion lost to eventual finalist Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki of Japan 10-7 after comfortably leading 7-0 in the their qualification round bout.

Elsewhere, African Games gold-medallist Mercy Genesis (50kg) missed out of a chance to book an Olympic ticket from the World Championships, as she lost 9-9 via passivity to India’s Seema Seema in the repechage.

Team Nigeria’s other representatives at the global showpiece; Blessing Oborududu (68kg), Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) and Emmanuel Ogbonna (74kg) will all begin their quest for glory and Olympic tickets on Thursday.

All top six athletes in their respective weight classes at the tournament will automatically qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

WRESTLING: Adekuoroye, Oborududu Storm Istanbul For Ranking Series

Reigning Commonwealth champions Odunayo Adekuoroye and Blessing Oborududu will Today night depart Nigeria for Istanbul, Turkey ahead of the prestigious Yasar Dogu Ranking Series event which runs from 11th to 14th July, 2019.

The pair, who recently retained their respective national titles at the 3rd Gov. Dickson Wrestling Classics in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, will be guided by experienced women’s head coach, Purity Akuh.

The 4-day tournament will have in attendance over 150 female wrestlers from 20 countries around the globe, who will be vying for crucial ranking points ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Kazakhstan in September.

Adekuoroye, a World silver-medallist in 2017, will be competing in the 57kg weight class, while 9-time African champion Oborududu will battle for ranking points in her usual 68kg category at the tournament.

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

Nigeria’s Aminat Adenyi (62kg), a two-time Commonwealth champion herself, who is also listed for the Yasar Dogu event will miss the trip due to visa issues.

The contingent will depart the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos via a Turkish Airline flight by 8:50pm on Tuesday night, and arrive Istanbul by 5:30am the next day (Wednesday).

WRESTLING: Adekuoroye Challenges Opponents In Nigeria To Step Up

Wrestling sensation Odunayo Adekuoroye has challenged her opponents in the 57kg category in Nigeria to raise their game in order to give her credible competition.

The 2017 World silver medalist from Ondo State, retained her national title in the 57kg class at the just-concluded 3rd Governor Dickson National Classics in Yenagoa, dispatching Patience Kakanda of Team Bayelsa via pinfall in less than 40 seconds.

ODUNAYO Adekuoroye,
With DANIEL Igali

In fact, no athlete on the domestic scene has scored a point against the back-to-back Commonwealth champion in four years, a situation she attributes to hardwork, urging her opponents to work even harder to be able to stand toe-to-toe with her.

“I think for this competition I don’t think I have any opponent,” the 5-time African champion said. “My advice to my opponents is for them to train more, it’s not a day’s job because I have worked for it.

Odunayo Adekuoroye

“And for you to come and defeat me, you need to do more than I do.”

The 25-year-old star, who was voted the 2018 Wrestler of the Year by the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, is expected to also fly the country’s flag at next month’s African Games in Rabat, Morocco, as she hopes to add more laurels to an already decorated cabinet.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation Passes Vote Of Confidence On Igali

The board of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has unanimously passed a vote of confidence on its president, Hon. Daniel Igali, who is in the middle of his second four-year term in office.

In a meeting on the sidelines of the just-concluded 3rd Gov. Dickson National Wrestling Classics in Yenagoa, the board members gave the Olympic and World champion the nod following his outstanding result-oriented leadership of the federation.

The board members noted that aside producing great results at both international and global competitions, wrestling in Nigeria has experienced tremendous development under Igali’s watch.

Adekuoroye With NWF President Daniel Igali

Speaking on behalf of the board, Chris Amkpila said the members decided to give Igali, who is also a vice president of the Commonwealth Wrestling Board, the endorsement because he has virtually fulfilled all the campaign promises he made halfway into his second tenure.

“We passed a vote of confidence on him because he is one person that has delivered on all his promises. He became the president of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation on the fulcrum of the fact that he is going to develop the sport. And we have seen the moves; he’s been developing this sport from the grassroot even to the upper level,” Ampkila, who represents the North-Central zone on the board, said.

“For us granting him this vote of confidence this period, we also discovered that he sponsored a lot of states that could not come (for the 3rd Gov. Dickson National Wrestling Classics) , he sponsored them. He personally took it upon himself because of the love he has for wrestling. So, he brought these people to come and compete here (Yenagoa).

“And he has done a whole lot of things that made us know that this man is ready to develop this sport.

“Whether we are ready to move with him or not, he is moving forward. And thank God everybody in the board is moving with him.”

Nigeria Wrestling Federation board members

In 2018, the former member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly used his international relationship and network to attract the hosting of the African Senior Wrestling Championships to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the first time the continental flagship tournament was hosted in Nigeria and in sub-Saharan Africa.

Under his leadership, Nigeria have won multiple gold, silver and bronze medals at the African Championships, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, All Africa Games, with the likes of Odunayo Adekuoroye, Blessing Oborududu, Aminat Adeniyi, Amas Daniel now global wrestling icons.

During his first term in office in 2015, Hon. Igali singlehandedly built the ultra-modern Dynamite Wrestling gym, where athletes from the National team and Bayelsa State, till this day, train in preparation for major tournaments within and outside Nigeria.

Gov. Dickson Classics: Bose Reclaims National Title As Nnalue, Udeh Shine in Greco Roman

Ondo State’s Bose Samuel reclaimed her national title in emphatic fashion on Thursday at the ongoing 3rd Gov. Dickson National Wrestling Classics in Yenagoa.

In the final of the Women’s 53kg, the 2018 African champion, who was dethroned by Rosemary Nweke at the National Sports Festival last December in Abuja, outclassed Ozioma Joseph from Delta State 10-0 via technical superiority to claim the gold medal on offer before a cheering crowd that had Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, who was represented by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah.

“I am very happy. Firstly, I thank God Almighty for what He has done in my life. I am very happy for winning the gold medal,” Bose said.

Regarding her preparation she added: “I prepared very well because at the National Sports Festival I won bronze medal. So, I was not happy at all, I had to go back home to go and prepare for this competition.”

In the two Freestyle finals decided on Thursday, Victor Firstman of Delta State overcame Stephen Akintene from Purity Club 6-4 in the 61kg class in a keenly contested finale, while Daufa Robert of Bayelsa State beat Omega Bassey of Oyo State to clinch gold in the 92kg category.

Meanwhile, in the Greco Roman events, Nnalue Dominic of Team Delta impressively took out Akiniwesi Boluwaji of Ondo State 11-0 via technical superiority in the 55kg weight class. And in the final of the 87kg category, Tobechukwu Udeh of Nigeria Army dismantled Emmanuel Duk of Cross River State 17-7 to claim his second national title.

Bose Samuel

“The Nigeria Army tried for us in getting us prepare for this competition,” Udeh said after his victory.

He also disclosed that he had a tougher challenge in the earlier rounds than in the final.

“It was not the fight that I thought will give me problem. My first fight was more difficult. But anyways, it came easy like that.

I thank God for this final, it ended 17-7.”

Following their victories, Bose, Daufa, Firstman, Udeh and Nnalue have all qualified to represent Nigeria at the 12th All-African Games in Rabat, Morocco in August.