The Nigerian Wrestling Federation (NWF) unveiled 12 athletes and five officials on Friday to represent the country at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali unveiled six male and six female wrestlers in Yenagoa ahead of their departure on Monday April 2.
The men’s team has 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, Sinivie Boltic, six-time African champion Daniel Amas, Melvin Bibo, Soso Tamarau, Welson Ebikewenimo, and Amos Assizecourt while World silver medallist, Odunayo Adekuoroye, Aminat Adeniyi, Mercy Genesis, Blessing Oborududu, Blessing Onyebuchi, and Bose Samuel make up the female team.
Igali told journalists present at the event that he is confident Team Nigeria wrestlers would do well in Australia.
Some wrestlers also expressed confidence ahead of the big event which begins next week in Gold Coast.
Team captain and six-time African Champion Amas Daniel said he is ready for the big challenge in Gold Coast.
“I am very much prepared for the Games. I have been training for the past two months and with God on my side, I’ll do well. I have been at the Commonwealth Games so I know what it takes to be a Commonwealth champion. It’s a different kettle of fish from other competitions like the African Championships.”
Commonwealth medallist, Sinivie Boltic is confident his experience at the Games will win him a gold medal. “I won a gold medal in 2010 and a bronze four years later. It’s my 16th year participating at the Commonwealth Games. I am assuring my fans that I’ll return with a gold medal.”
African Champion Blessing Oborududu said,”preparation has been very good. I am going for a gold medal.”
The officials going to the Games are: NWF technical director, Ohaike Damian; Joe Oziti, Victor Kodei, Purity Akoh and Secretary-General of NWF, Ahmed Abdullahi.