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Wike Assures Rivers Will Host Best African Wrestling Championship

Wike Assures Rivers Will Host Best African Wrestling ChampionshipRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike (middle), his deputy, Ipalibo Banigo (left) and LOC chairman, Boma Iyaye, while inspecting the main bowl of the Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex, Port Harcourt.

Rivers Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says the state is set to organise one of the best African Wrestling Championships, following the level of preparation and determination by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

Governor Wike stated this on Friday during the hoisting of flags of African countries to signal one of the landmarks in hosting the wrestling championship by Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.


Officers from the Nigeria Police band, Rivers State command carried out the simultaneous hoisting of the flags of African countries at the imposing Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex, the venue for the championship.

While commending the Local Organising Committee for preparing well ahead of the wrestling championship, Wile said: “I am aware that with what I am seeing, the state is set, and I will want to believe that they will give us the best.”

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He lauded the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) led by Daniel Igali for making it possible for Rivers to secure the hosting rights of the championship.

“It’s not easy when you came to us; you told that you will do everything possible for Rivers to get the hosting right, which you did,” Wile added.

“And we also promised you that we are not going to disappoint you; I want to stand here to reiterate that we are not going to disappoint you.”

Members of Nigeria Police band hoisting the flags of African countries for the wrestling championship.

The governor called on sports stakeholders to queue behind the championship as Nigeria is hosting for the first time.

LOC chairman and Rivers Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, assured that they were putting finishing touches towards hosting a successful continental event.

Also speaking, NWF President, Daniel Igali, said that the significance of hoisting the flags is in recognition of all the 54 African countries expected to participate in the event.

“The symbols of the countries are their flags; this is about their culture, it’s about friendship and about the official signal of the tournament that is about to take place in Port Harcourt,” he stated.

The Olympic champion expressed optimism that Nigeria was not just hosting but would do well to emerge champions.

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