MONROVIA, February 7 (LINA) – A five-man delegation of the Liberia Wrestling Federation (LWF) has left the country for Port Harcourt, Nigeria to participate in the African Wrestling Championship.
The team comprises Coach Charles G. Gradea , Eric Borkuah, Venecious Juah, Jarius Kollie and Augustine Flomo.
According to the local federation, two of the athletes will participate in the free style senior category, while the other two will fight in Greco Roman senior category.
The trip was made possible by Gilbert Moore, a Liberian philanthropist based in Canada, who has made it possible for the local federation to return to the international scene as well as make its debut at the annual African Wrestling Championship.
The Canada-based Liberian has committed his support to the LWF to participate in the African Wrestling Championship and the 2020 summer Olympic Games.
The former Olympic athlete has shipped wrestling shoes, tracksuits and singlet, among others, for Liberian wrestlers to enable them participate in continental competitions.
Moore asserted that his goal is to provide world class wrestling mats, gymnasium equipment and to galvanize resources for Liberian wrestlers to attend international competitions to fly the national colors of Liberia.
The president of the Liberia Wrestling Federation, George Gould, has commended Moore for making it possible to have Liberia in the most prestigious wrestling tournament in Africa.
President Gould disclosed that Liberia had the opportunity to send more wrestlers, but due to financial constraint, the number had to be reduced to five.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has assured participants in the forthcoming African Wrestling Championship that they would experience a hitch-free event, saying the venue, the Alfred Diete Spiff’s Civic Centre, is in top shape to host the continent’s number one wrestling fiesta.
The venue of the five-day continental wrestling fiesta has been refurbished in preparation for the championship which holds between February 7- 11.
The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, told newsmen during an inspection recently that the AWC venue had all that was expected in international competition.
« There will be three big mats at the complex for the competition so that three bouts can go on simultaneously and there is a good changing room. We also have warm up area, » Igali said.