Commonwealth Wrestling Association on Sunday congratulated Daniel Igali, President Nigeria Wrestling on securing the 2018 African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt, River State.
The continental championship is slated for February 7 to 11, 2018 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
In a statement signed by Josip Mrkoci, Chairman Commonwealth Wrestling Association wished Nigeria a successful hosting adding that number of participating countries will witness unprecedented turn out.
“It is great to see that Nigeria a Commonwealth Wrestling Nation is hosting an African Continental Wrestling Event.
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“I and the Executive of the Commonwealth Wrestling Association and the members of the rest of the 50 Commonwealth Wrestling Nations are wishing you (Igali) and your Federation all the best in hosting the 2018 African Wrestling Championships,” the statement read.
In 2010, Ifeoma Nwoye became the first female Nigeria wrestler to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth games held in India.
Four years later, Nigeria improved its performance as Odunayo Adekuoroye (53kg) and Aminat Adeniyi (58kg) won gold medal with a total number of twelve medals at the games in Scotland.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4 and 15 April 2018.
The winning bid was announced in Basseterre , Saint Kitts on 11 November 2011 and will be the fifth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games.
Nigeria seeks to better its performance as the nation’s wrestlers are in the peak of their career.