The indoor sports hall of Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre, venue of the 2018 Africa Wrestling Championships came alive yesterday as the much publicized African Wrestling Championship began with the cadet events in the Greco Roman style of wrestling.
Host country, Nigeria is maximizing it’s hosting right as it is presenting athletes in all the weight categories to ensure a successful outing. As at the last count, 16 countries were on ground for the event while some countries were still expected to arrive before the end of the opening day.
Adequate security has been provided for all the contingents in and around the championship venue by the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp. President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Dr Daniel Igali said that the federation has taken measures to ensure a successful competition.
He said, “ Everyone is safe both at the hotel and competition venue. We have worked so hard in preparing ahead for this competition”. The tournament is featuring cadet, junior and senior events and it is in accordance with the new rules by the United World Wrestling which took effect early this year.
Among the countries now on ground include Liberia, Egypt, Morocco, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Algeria, Namibia, Kenya, Burundi, Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Central Africa Republic and Madagascar Other countries not taking part in the early events were yet to arrive.
President of the United World Wrestling Africa, Fouad Meskout and a member of the United World Wrestling Federation, Vincent Akesse were among the dignitaries that watched the commencement of the championship. (Vanguard)