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Rivers will host African Wrestling Championship says Wike


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that  all facilities  will be in place  for the hosting of the African Wrestling Championship in Port Harcourt next February.


Speaking at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday when he granted audience to Mr Found Meskout, President of United World Wrestling -Africa, Governor Wike said the state is ready to play host to all the African countries that will participate  in the African Wrestling Championship.

About 43 Countries are billed  to participate in the African Wrestling Championship.

He said: "We shall mobilize the people as far as this championship is concerned".

The governor said that facilities  at the Diete Spiff Civic Centre  are being developed  for the championship.

"We are ready  for the  championship.  The Diete Spiff Civic Centre  is getting  set for the tournament.  If there is any additional  facilities that should be added at the venue, please let us know ".

He accepted the invitation  to visit the International Wrestling Centre in Morroco, assuring that the centre  will be replicated  in the state.

The governor said that Rivers State  is the safest place  to host  the  African Wrestling Championship.

Earlier, the President, United World Wrestling --Africa, Found Meskout said the 2018 event will be the first time Nigeria  will host the African Wrestling Championship.

He said that  the Wrestling Championship is key because the African Wrestling Championship will serve as a qualification  tournament  for World U-17 Championship.

The President  said though  he was on Inspection, he will defend Nigeria hosting the African Wrestling Championship by next February.

He expressed  satisfaction with the facilities and hotels  that he inspected on Wednesday. He said they are good enough to host the African Wrestling Championship.

In his remarks, President of Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali thanked Governor Wike for his commitment  to host the championship.