President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation Daniel Igali has said the national wrestling teams are prepared for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Nigeria is expected to participate in seven sports at the Games from April 4.
Igali said the wrestlers, who are camped in Port Harcourt and Yenegoa for the Games, are ready to compete and bring back medals.
The Sydney 2000 Olympics champion said, “The wrestlers have been in camp for over a month now for the Commonwealth Games. From the reports I get and my personal confirmation, the training is going on well.
“The aim of being in camp is to prepare well and perform well for the country. Our expectation is that the wrestlers will perform well in the Gold Coast. I am sure that with the drills they have been put through, Nigeria will return with gold medals in wrestling.”
Igali said immediately after the Commonwealth Games in Australia, the team would attend the ‘Beat the Street’ tournament in the US.
Nigeria will compete in three categories at the invitational tournament.
“The ‘Beat the Street’ tournament, which is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, is another opportunity to test the skills of our wrestlers against some of the best in the world,” he said.
“It’s an invitational event and for Nigeria to be invited, it means the organisers believe in what our wrestlers can do. Only our female wrestlers were invited and we are expected to compete in three weight classes; 55kg, 57kg and 59kg.
“Immediately after the Commonwealth Games, we will determine which of our wrestlers will get the nod to attend the event.”
Nigerian wrestlers dominated the last African Championships held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State as they emerged overall winners.
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