Six Nigeria wrestlers on Friday were unable to make the trip to South Africa for Commonwealth Championship.
The championship is slated for December 14 to 17 in Carnival City, Big Top Arena, South Africa.
African Champion, Mercy Genesis, Makanjuola Bisola and Samuel Bose (both African silver medallists), African Champion, John Emmanuel, Victor Firstman and Commonwealth silver medallist, Daniel Amas.
In a chat with aclsports.com, the President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali attributed the athletes misfortunes of the contingent to lack of funds. He said the federation projected twelve wrestlers for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. “This is the best place to rest our team to know our strengths and weaknesses for the main competition but it’s unfortunate that some of our best wrestlers will be missing in action”, he said.
India, a Commonwealth nation, presented two full teams consisting of thirty six wrestlers at the championships.
Recall that on Thursday, An eight man delegation of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) led by Daniel Igali arrived Johannesburg for the Commonwealth Wrestling.
Seven times Africa champion, Blessing Oborududu 68kg (Olympian), three times Africa champion, Aminat Adeniyi 62kg (Olympian), Kemeasuodei Dressman 76kg (Africa champion) and Gofit Winnie 72kg (African Champion) all did weight control today in the female category and are expected to be on the mat tomorrow (Saturday).