Rivers At 50: Winners Emerge At Wrestling Finals

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (middle), presenting an Award to Akari Best from Abua/ Odual LGA, the winner of Group C Wrestling Competition at Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt, yesterday. With them are the Deputy Governor, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (right), Rivers State Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bro. Felix Obuah and others.

The Rivers at 50 wrestling finals  took the centre stage at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt  last Tuesday when traditional wrestlers from different local government areas competed for honours .
The finalists  who were divided into four groups displayed their strength, discipline and understanding of traditional wrestling.
The award winning professional wrestling team from Bayelsa State also graced the event, displaying rich traditional  wrestling dances.
At the end of the thrilling traditional wrestling fights, winners  emerged.
They are;  Group 1,  Obio/Akpor – Azeru Oziri,Group 2: Abua/Odual  -Akari Radiant.,Group 3. Tai – Kingsley Nna and Group 4, Etche – Kingsley Ikechi.
Presenting the trophies to the winners, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said every  wrestler who participated  at the wrestling finals is a winner.
He said traditional wrestling  is a sport with potentials, pointing out that the State Ministry of Sports will be empowered to improve on it.
The Golden Jubilee Committee later presented certificates of participation to all participating wrestlers.
Amongst the dignitaries who watched the Rivers at 50 Wrestling Finals were Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, Former Minister of Sports, Dr Tammy Danagogo, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah,  Commissioners, State Legislators  and  traditional wrestling fans.