NWF to Seek One More Slot for Paris 2024

President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Dr. Daniel Igali, has declared that the federation would leave no stone unturned to get one more additional ticket for the federation’s contingent to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Already, six wrestlers made up of five females, namely Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg); Blessing Oborodudu (68kg); Hannah Reuben (76kg) Esther Kolawole (62kg) and Christiana Ogunsanya (53kg) as well as one male, American-born Plateau State’s Ashton Mutuwa, have secured their tickets to the forthcoming quadriennial event.

But Igali said the NWF was working to ensure that another female wrestler, Mercy Genesis, who narrowly missed qualification recently at the Africa/ Oceania Qualifiers in Alexandria after losing in the 50kg weight class, would have another shot at joining the contingent to Paris 2024 during the next qualification window in Istanbul, Turkey, in May

According to Igali, Nigeria was the only country yet to have qualified five female wrestlers for the Paris 2024, adding that he would be so fulfilled should any of the wrestlers win the ‘much precious’ Olympics’ gold medal.

“The board of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation is working hard to have an eventful outing at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” Igali said in Lagos yesterday on his way to Baku as one of the officials for the European Olympic Qualifying Wrestling Tournament holding between April 5 and 7.

“Already, we have five females and one male wrestlers that are through to the Games.

“We had expected Mercy Genesis to secure her place during the last window in Alexandria but she was unlucky.

*However, she has another chance in Turkey to grab a place at the Olympic Games and, hopefully, she will get it, given her talent and determination”, he said.

Ahead of Paris 2024, Igali, whose tenure as President of NWF elapses in 2025, said his joy would reach no bound should any of the athlete win a gold medal.

“It would be a thing of joy to see a Nigerian win gold and our national anthem played. We will keep working for the growth of the sport,” stated the former wrestling Olympic gold medallist for Canada.