A file picture of a few of the athletes.
The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) is ready to open camp for the forthcoming Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifiers.
The NWF mounted Monday subsequent week to start out tenting the athletes in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, forward of the qualifiers which might happen within the Moroccan metropolis of El Jadida from March 13 to 15.
Ten wrestlers – each female and male – who competed and excelled on the lately concluded African Championships in Algiers, alongside their sparring companions, are anticipated to accentuate coaching in Yenagoa throughout the tenting interval earlier than the ultimate choice and departure to Morocco for the qualifiers.
In the course of the tenting train, the wrestlers might be guided by coaches Purity Akuh, Victor Kodei, Joe Oziti, and Happiness Burutu.
NWF President, Daniel Igali, has confirmed that there are not any automated locations for athletes as choice might be on benefit.
“Seriousness in training, determination and strong desire to compete are some of the criteria that will be used to choose who makes the team to Morocco,” he revealed.
The Olympic champion added, “All invited athletes, with their sparring partners, are expected in Yenagoa latest on Sunday to commence training the next day.”
Solely Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) has secured qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics thus far.
The six-time African champion booked her place in Tokyo by profitable bronze on the World Championships in Kazakhstan final yr, making it her third medal on the world stage.
The federation is assured that no fewer than six extra athletes will be part of Adekuoroye to compete in Tokyo.
Seven wrestlers represented Nigeria on the 2016 Olympics in Rio.