From all indications, World Wrestling silver medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye; Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Aminat Adeniyi, three-time African champion, John Emmanuel and other athletes from Ondo State may not be representing the Sunshine State at the forth coming Governor Dickson National Wrestling Classics billed to hold in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State between 15th and 30th June, 2019, Sportinglife.ng reports.
The Head Coach of Ondo State Wrestling team, Akuh Purity informed Sportinglife.ng that the government have not shown concern towards the wrestlers and are not ready to sponsor the team, which left them with no other option than to pitch their tent with the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) team.
“When Blessing Okagbare was at Odunayo’s age, it was the then Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan that gave her that support before she could become what she is today. We have two-time Commonwealth champion Aminat (Adeniyi); the only male wrestler that won gold at the last African Championship, Emmanuel (John); youngest African Champions Sunmisola (Balogun) and so on in this state and the government is not giving them the support,” Purity, who is also the national female coach told Sportinglife.ng.
No fewer than 500 athletes and officials from different states and wrestling clubs around the country are expected in Yenagoa for the Classics which will also be used to select athletes that will represent Nigeria at the 12th All-Africa games in Morocco and the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan in September.
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