800 wrestlers set for Olympic trials at Diri classics

Yenagoa—The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has expressed readiness for the 2nd Governor Douye Diri National Wrestling Classics as over 800 wrestlers from different states and clubs across the country compete for honours, the Daily Trust reports.

The National Classics which will be held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, in Yenagoa from August 4 to 10, will also serve as trials for the forthcoming 2024 Olympic qualifiers in Serbia.

Speaking with sport writers yesterday, the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Dr. Daniel Igali, said that Nigerians should expect Nigerian wrestling at its best in the National Classics.

Igali, who is also the Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Bayelsa State, noted that the records in the Nigeria Wrestling Federation at international events speak volumes for the federation, adding that the nation’s athletes are prepared for the Classics in Yenagoa.

While reflecting on the talents at the disposal of the Wrestling Federation, Igali stressed that the future of wrestling in Nigeria is bright.

He singled out for commendation the magnanimity of the Bayelsa State Government for the continuous sponsorship of the National Wrestling Classics since 2019.

A board member of the Wrestling Federation, Jackson Bidei, also expressed optimism as the National showpiece gets set in Yenagoa.

According to the wrestling legend, Yenagoa will be agog as the 36 states and the FCT, 20 clubs as well as Military and Paramilitary athletes battle for laurels.

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