Four Nigerian female wrestlers have arrived the venue of this year’s World Wrestling Championships, which begins today (Sunday) in Budapest, Hungary.
The team boasts of three commonwealth champions; Odunayo Adekuoroye, Aminat Adeniyi and Blessing Oborududu as well as Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Blessing Onyebuchi.
World Wrestling Silver medallist, Adekuoroye will compete in the 57kg while four times African champion, Adeniyi seeks a medal in the 63kg as eight times African champion, Oborududu plans making podium in the 68kg and Onyebuchi will do battle in the 76kg.
President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation Daniel Igali, who is in Budapest for the United World Wrestling (UWW) congress, said the wrestlers would leave in batches to Hungary.
He said according to the competition schedule, Oborududu and Onyebuchi 76kg will compete on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Adekuoroye and Adeniyi will compete on Thursday and Friday.
“The four wrestlers have been training in Yenagoa for the past five weeks. We would have loved to attend with more than these four but it is better than not featuring at all. The wrestlers who will compete first have left Nigeria on Saturday while the others will leave on Sunday,” he said.
“We are hopeful of a good outing – better than the one we had in France last year.”
Odunayo Adekuoroye won bronze at the 2015 World Wrestling championships in Las Vegas, USA and silver at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France beating the record of Ifeoma Ihenacho who won a double bronze at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships in Herning and Moscow respectively.