NF Roundup Blog, Jan. 25 - Jan. 31

By United World Wrestling Press

NWF Announce Preparations For African Championships, Olympic Qualifiers

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) announced plans to get the country’s wrestlers ready for the Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament from 2nd to 4th April and the preceding 2021 African Championships from 6th – 11th April, both in El Jadida, Morocco.

Team Nigeria wrestlers returned to action for the first time in almost a year at the recently-concluded Baraza Champion of Champions tournament in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, which was held from 15th to 18th January.

Speaking on behalf of the federation, President of the body Hon. Daniel Igali disclosed that the wrestlers will commence preparations for the doubleheader in Morocco with the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Benin Edo State from 14th to 28th February, before going into an intensive close-camping in Yenagoa a week after the Festival.

The World and Olympic champion added that the plan is to have each wrestler compete in about 15 bouts prior to the qualifiers in Morocco.

“The National Sports Festival which comes up from the 14th to 28th of February will also be another avenue to test themselves and to get ready for the competitions (African Champions and Olympic qualifiers),” Igali, who is also the Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Bayelsa State, said. “Those are all preparatory grounds.

“However, after the National Sports Festival, we are going to give the athletes about a one week break so they can go home, catch up with friends and family, and then, we will invite them back to camp (In Yenagoa) essentially to prepare for these all-important African Championships and Olympic qualifiers.

“During the camp, we expect to bring in about three different training partners per person. We want to have every athlete going to the Olympic qualifiers and African Championships to also, within the camp, have about 10 matches. Our goal is to get everyone about 15 matches before going to the Olympic qualifiers and African Championships in Morocco.

“So, that’s what we plan, and we think that if we are able to get everybody competing about 15 times before then, we should be fine. Our target will be met.”

World No. 2 in 57kg Women Wrestling Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) is the only Nigerian to have qualified for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games which runs from 23rd July to 8th August this year. However, the NWF is hopeful, at least, seven more wrestlers would join her to Tokyo for the Games.

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nigeria paraded seven wrestlers.


NF Roundup Blog, Feb. 22 - Feb. 28

By United World Wrestling Press

Moore Defeats Pye, Named Canada's World Olympic Qualification Rep

Alex MOORE (CAN) of the Montreal Wrestling Club defeated Clayton PYE (CAN) in two straight matches to win the 86 kg wrestle-off and earn a spot at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament.

The wrestle-off, which was closed to the public, took place at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Moore fell behind early in the first match, trailing 0-4 at the halfway point.

“It’s been a while since I competed, it took some time getting the rust off,” said the 23-year-old.

“I got a pep talk from my coaches and got myself together. I knew I was fine, and I knew I could come back, so I didn’t panic.”

Moore went on to score six straight points to win the first match 6-4.

In the second match, Moore dominated and scored ten points quickly to win by technical superiority.

“It feels good to be back. In practice I’ve been feeling amazing, we’ve been training hard. I just need to transfer that to the tournament.”

“Now I need to go back to practice and find out how I can fix my mistakes, and keep taking it one day at a time.”

The World Olympic Qualification Tournament is the final chance for athletes to qualify for the postponed Tokyo Olympics. At the event, the top two spots in each weight-class will be awarded Olympic qualification.

“Thank you to the staff at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre for their hard work and flexibility to help make this event happen,” added Tamara Medwidsky, Wrestling Canada Lutte’s Executive Director.

1300 Iranian Wrestling Coaches Participate in Scientific Webinar

While the COVID-19 crisis has a devastating impact on the world, the Iranian Wrestling Federation found a united way to reach 1300 coaches. The IWF hosted different education webinars gears towards refereeing, women's wrestling and coaches. The courses helped educate 31 wrestling accusations in all Iranian provinces. 

Meanwhile, during the final webinar, more than 1300 coaches participated in virtual educational courses that touched on coaching principles, training science, sports nutrition and psychology