Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu, Mercy Genesis and Esther Kolawale return to Nigeria ahead of Governor Diri Wrestling Classics in Yenagoa.

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The trio of Blessing Oborududu , Mercy Genesis and Esther Kolawale returned to Nigeria on Sunday after a successful outing at the Hungary Ranking Series where Nigeria won a Silver and bronze medal.

Olympic Silver medallist Blessing Oborududu clinched Silver medal at the Hungary Ranking Series while Mercy Genesis won Bronze but Ether Kolawale slightly missed out on podium finish.

However, at the Spanish Grand Prix a week earlier, Esther Kolawale recorded gold for team Nigeria same as Mercy Genesis with Blessing Oborodudu winning a Bronze medal.

The trio gave a good account of themselves at the two international events before returning to Nigeria to compete in the Governor Douye Diri Wrestling Classics in Yenagoa

The Wrestling Classics tournament in Yenagoa will be a National tourney for senior team, selected junior and cadet weight classes with 850 athletes, coaches and referees from about 30 states and 15 clubs expected in Bayelsa.

The National Classics sponsored by the Bayelsa State Government will be used to select the Nation’s Wrestlers for the 2023 World Championships in Serbia, which takes place mid September.

Meanwhile, athletes who win their weight classes and possess other criteria necessary to place top 5 at the championships will be qualified to attend the world championships.

The Governor Douye Diri National Wrestling Classics which is the longest running yearly tournament will commence 4th August – 10th August.

The Bayelsa Governor’s National Wrestling Classics has been annually hosted by the Bayelsa State Government since 2009.

Promise Okotoko

Media Assistant Nigeria Wrestling Federation

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