The Secretary of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Segun Oguntade, on Tuesday in Abuja said that the body was confident that its wrestlers would qualify for 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Wrestling federation hopeful of qualification
"We are eager to book tickets to Rio, I know they will make us proud again and the federation is ready to supply every that will make them have a good performance,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigerian wrestlers won four gold medals at the just-concluded Senior African Wrestling Championships in Alexandria, Egypt.
Oguntade said that he was impressed with the performance of the wrestlers in Egypt, adding that one of them had qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"All our wrestlers performed well, we need to celebrate them, they made us proud, and 12 of them participated in the championships 10 won medals.
"Four won gold medals, three won silver while three won bronze.
Adekuoroye Odunayo 55 kg, Blessing Oborodud 69kg, Aminat Adeniyi 63kg and Daniel Amass 65kg won gold medals.
"Welson Ebikewenimo 57kg, Rosemary Nweke 48 kg and Ifeoma Nwoye 58 kg won silver medals, while Blessing Onyebuchi 75kg, Melvin Bibo 74kg; Tamarau Soso 97 kg won bronze medals.
"Adekuoroye Odunayo booked a ticket for Rio,’’ he said
Oguntade said the wrestlers would start preparation for the Intercontinental Championships in Algeria at the end of March.
"Ten wrestlers will represent us at the championship, they have only three weeks to prepare.
"I know their coaches will know the areas they will concentrate on the training so that they will replicate their performances.
NAN reports that the Intercontinental Wrestling Championship will hold from March 30 to April 4 in Algiers, Algeria.
The 2016 Summer Olympics will hold in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21.