Dickson Wrestling Classics: Hosts Bayelsa Vow To Retain Title

Dickson Wrestling Classics: Hosts Bayelsa Vow To Retain Title [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]
Star wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye (in Blue) featuring at Dickson Wrestling Classics [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]
Team Bayelsa at the ongoing third edition of the Governor Dickson National Wrestling Classics has vowed to retain the title they won last time out.

Concise News reports that Victor Kodei, the head coach of  Bayelsa State Wrestling Association, told NAN on Wednesday in Yenagoa that an overall win was the target of the state contingent.

Recall Bayelsa State won the second edition in 2017 with a total of 22 medals, comprising of 13 gold, six silver and three bronze.

“Our target is to win when the tournament ends. We are the host and we will use the home advantage to ensure our victory,” he states.

Kodei says the state’s contingent won almost all the medals in the last edition, adding that it would surpass the record in the ongoing championship.

“We are ready for this competition and we are aiming higher than we achieved in the last edition.

“Our athletes have indeed prepared so hard for this competition; they trained rigorously even though we didn’t have closed camping.

“We had an open camp where they were training at home and we had days when they all trained together,” divulges Kodei.

In related news, kidnappers have released an abducted Police wrestler, Constable Esther Okpokwe after the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000. 00) ransom was paid.

Okpokwe was coming with the Nigeria Police wrestling team of Ebonyi State, who were in the same 32 seater coaster bus with Ebonyi State wrestling team and David Robinson Wrestling Club contingent when armed men dressed in Police Uniforms and carrying different kinds of gun including a machine gun, blocked their vehicle and succeeded in driving Esther away into the bush.

The incident happened around 5 to 7 pm on Sunday at Obinze junction in Imo, according to Sporting Life.

The abductors demanded a ransom of N5m, which was later reduced to Two Hundred Thousand Naira.

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