Team Nigeria has clinched the first position at the just concluded 2023 Senior, Junior and Cadet African Wrestling Championship which was held recently in Hammamet in Tunisia.
Team Nigeria won six gold and four silver medals in the senior category, two gold in junior category and one gold in beach wrestling.
The team also won three silver and two bronze medals in different categories as well as clinching the African senior female team title for an unprecedented 12th time.
Olympic silver medallist, Blessing Oborududu, won gold in the 68kg category to emerge 12 time African champion.
Giving a breakdown of the team’s performance, the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Sports, Daniel Igali, who doubles as President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, said Governor Diri funded and supported 10 of the 18 wrestlers to the tournament.
He explained that Bayelsa wrestlers in the team won three senior gold medals, two junior gold medals, and one beach wrestling gold medal in addition to three senior silver and two senior bronze medals.