Six of the 11 wrestlers scheduled to take part in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa were stranded in the country on Friday, our correspondent has learnt.
The championships began on Thursday and end on Sunday.
The Nigeria Wrestling Federation listed 11 wrestlers for the competition with five already in South Africa with some officials.
The other six – African champions, Mercy Genesis, John Emmanuel, MakanjuolaBisola and Samuel Bose (both African silver medallists), Victor Firstman and Commonwealth silver medallist, Daniel Amas – were expected to leave Nigeria on Thursday but were still in the country on Friday, thereby missing out on the competition.
President of the NWF, Daniel Igali, who spoke online with our correspondent, said the lack of funds affected the appearance of the travelling of the wrestlers to South Africa.
He said, “This competition in South Africa is the best place to test our team – to know our strengths and weaknesses for the main competition – but it’s unfortunate that some of our best wrestlers are missing in action.
“The federation had to make do with the funds available to transport the first five we could to South Africa. We expected some support which didn’t come on time for the others to join them. We hope those in the competition will do the country proud and learn more from the competition.”
The wrestlers in South Africa include seven-time African champion, Blessing Oborududu, three-time Africa champion, AminatAdeniyi, KemasuodeiDressman,Gofit Winnie and SosoTamarau.
They compete today.
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