Wrestling: Amas Daniel blames early loss on financing, appeals for sponsors

Wrestling: Amas Daniel blames early loss on financing, appeals for sponsors

Nigeria’s Amas Daniel on Sunday attributed the non participation in international tournaments for his poor performance at the World Wrestling Championship.

The three times Africa champion said both federal and state governments cannot fund wrestlers trips, calling on well meaning Nigeria to salvage the trend of firebrigade approach.

Amas recalled that at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he lost narrowly to the eventual Gold medalist, Zurabi Iakobishvili 1-2 point at the round of 16.

“Sometimes it touches my heart when I see people I previously gave tough fights and narrowly escape from me, winning the World Championship.

“Most of you could remember my post when I loss my fight to a Georgian guy Zurabi Iakobishvili ( 2-1 ) in Rio last year, the same guy is the World Champion after beating Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland 3-1 in the 65kg male freestyle category at the just concluded World Championship in France.

“But on the other hand it encourages me and gives me hope that I can win the World Championship in a healthy day.

“There are things I need to do, attending competitions, and this can’t be without fund. Federal and state governments are doing their respective roles, but I cannot wait for government alone as I need sponsors.

“I want to appeal to the wealthy Izon’s of this generation to come to my aid. Gold is digged from a ground and washed by chemical to get its original color, that is hw competition is to a born champion,” the Olympian said.

The Bayelsa born wrestler commended the President Of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali and David Lion for their efforts in ensuring that the youths are gainfully employed calling on his well wishers to continually pray for him.

“I will not forget the President Of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali and also David Lion who has been working tirelessly in the businesses of helping the youths to achieve their goals. May God protect and secure you.

“To my fans all over the world your persistent prayers are my strength, keep on praying and never relent,” he added.

Amas Daniel (65kg) lost to Maxime Eric Fiquet of France by 2-6 in the first round of the just concluded World Wrestling Championship in France.

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