The Nigeria Wrestling Federation on Tuesday said it had increased the weight categories from eight to 10 for the Governor Nyesom Wike National Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt from November 23 to 30.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the United World Wrestling’s Bureau officially approved the switch from eight to 10 weight categories across all events in August.
The Technical Director of the NWF, Damien Ohaike, said a total of 90 weight categories would be available in Greco-Roman, female wrestling and men’s freestyle events.
Damien said wrestlers for the 2018 Africa Wrestling Championships would be selected from the competition.
He said, “Rivers should expect the best wrestlers. Everyone wants to represent Nigeria at the African Championships and I’m sure it is going to be a reasonable competition.
“The reason for the moderation came about when the UWW Africa made slight adjustments because they discovered that most athletes shed too much weight when preparing for championships.”