Nigeria’s Blessing Oborodudu is confident of claiming an eighth successive continental gold medal at the 2018 African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt.
The seven-time African wrestling champion will have to do so in a new weight category, 68 kg. She formerly competed in the 63 kg class.
Nonetheless, she told Nigeria Wrestling Federation Media that she is ready to defend her African crown in her new weight category, adding that preparation for the African Championships has been going on well.
“The preparation for the African Championship has been good, we have been in camp for about three weeks,” the Bayelsa-born freestyle wrestler said. “So I’m ready to go.
“This will be my eighth time of winning the African Championship, and this 2018 is in a different class (68kg). It is no more 63 kg again.
“I’m equally preparing for them (the wrestlers in that weight class); I know most of them there. I think I’m good to go.
“By the special grace of God, I have the full confidence that I will win the gold medal.”
The 2018 African Wrestling Championships takes place in Port Harcourt from 7th to 11th February at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre. It is the first time Nigeria will be hosting the competition.