By Olusegun Folarin
Chairman of Ogun State Wrestling Association, Dr. Taofeek Babalola has commended the performance of the three wrestlers that represented the state at the National Wrestling Trials for the African championship in Tunisia.
Dr. Babalola Samson finished fifth in the 70kg men’s freestyle, Atere Kehinde came third in the 92kg category and Ayodele Peace got the third position in the 59kg in women’s freestyle event.
Over one hundred and fifty wrestlers drawn from the States of the federation took part in the trials held in Bayelsa.
Dr. Babalola who described the feat achieved by the wrestlers despite not making it to Tunisia as impressive said the association would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the athletes were exposed to more competitive events.
The Chairman encouraged the athletes not to rest on their oars in their quest to win laurels for the state and Nigeria in subsequent competitions.
Dr. Babalola who commended the support of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports to the wrestling association said more efforts were still required to enable the association to meet the set goals.
The Wrestling Head Coach, Mr. Badmus Adebayo thanked the association for its support for the athletes in the state.
Mr. Adebayo said the fact the athletes were invited to the National Trials in Bayelsa was an indication of good things to come for the sports in the state.
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