Wrestling: Stranded Nigerian wrestlers departs Nigeria


The three Nigerian wrestlers for the 2017 World Wrestling Championships, who were stranded in the country on Monday, finally left Lagos on Tuesday. The competition began on Monday and Nigeria would thus be represented at the competition by six wrestlers and two coaches in Paris. The wrestlers comprise 2015 World Championship bronze medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye, who will compete in the women’s 55 kilogram category, captain Blessing Oborududu in the 63 kilogram category, Aminat Adeniyi in the 58 kilogram category, Mercy Genesis in the 48 kilogram, Daniel Amas in 65 kilogram men’s freestyle and Emmanuel John 70 kilogram. Genesis, John and Amas were stranded in Lagos on Monday after Air Maroc, the airline booked to fly the team to Paris, cancelled its flight. The Nigeria Wrestling Federation however was able to get three of the members of the team – Oborududu, Adekuoroye and Adeniyi – as well as coach Purity Akuh on an Ethiopian Airline flight for Paris, leaving the others in the country, the news was disclosed by the president of the Nigerian wrestling federation Daniel Igali. Nigeria has yet to win a gold medal at the World Wrestling Championships. The farthest the country has gone is a bronze medal won by Adekuoroye in 2015.


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