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500 Athletes To Participate In Gov Dickson Wrestling Classics

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Over 500 athletes from different states of the federation and clubs are expected to participate in the Classics, which will be staged at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Samson Siasia Sports Complex.
The competition will feature all the three wrestling styles (Greco Roman, Freestyle and Women Wrestling) in the senior (20 years and above) and cadet (15 to 17 years) categories with 10 new weight classes in the senior level, as well as 5 Olympic classes for the cadet athletes.
Already, invitation letters have been sent to the chairmen of the different state wrestling associations, who have been advised to present the necessary documents for their cadet athletes.
In a chat with Tidesports source,  President of the Federation, Hon. Daniel Igali informed that the Classics will be used as a trial for upcoming global tournaments, including the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, later this year.
“We are going to have the Governor Dickson National Wrestling Classics from the 24th to the 30th of June, 2018. That is going to be the tournament that we would use to select our national teams for the World Championships, for the Cadet World Championships, the Junior World Championships and the U-23 World Championships,” the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Wrestling Committee disclosed.
“So, it is going to be a very interesting tournament.
“We are still not decided whether a couple of countries from Africa will attend, but hopefully, in the next two weeks, I will be able to give you that briefing.”
The Bayelsa State Lawmaker also informed that the competition level at the tournament will be very high, as the country’s elite athletes will all be part of the event.
 ”It’s going to be a high level tournament,” the Olympic champion said. “We are hoping to have over 500 athletes.
“We will have all our top guns there; they obviously have to be able to finish first in their weight classes to qualify for the World Championships. So, everyone will take it seriously.
“It is probably going to be one of the toughest tournaments we will have within the country this year.”
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Enyimba, Families Pay N2.5m To Release Ojo, Iluyomade

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Sunshine Stars Captain, Abe Sunday, has  disclosed that a sum of N2.5m was paid to the kidnappers  before the duo, Dayo Ojo of Eyimba FC and Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comets  were released.
Dayo Ojo and  Benjamin  Iluyomade were abducted last Sunday along the Benin-Owo expressway as they journeyed to Akure following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League amid concerns over the global pandemic, Covid 19, but were later released four days later.
Abe, who played with both players at Sunshine Stars told journalists in Akure that the money was delivered to the kidnappers after serious negotiation.
The Sunshine captain said  the  decision  of  the kidnappers to meet with them and collect the money proved they have  backing of high ranked citizens.
“They called us around after 4pm last Wednesday that we should come with the money, at times they asked me to send them recharge card. We tried to speak with them on the financial state of the country.
“We negotiated from N100m to N20m before they finally agreed on N2.5 million. Those people have back up in the Army and the Police. They never asked us to drop the money inside the bush, they met with us one on one.
“They asked me to bring the money before they released them, so I don’t know where police rescued them because I don’t like ‘fake news’ we reached Akure around 1am last Thursday.
“But the most important thing is that both of them are alive and are back with their families,” he said.

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Plateau United Keeper Donates Cash To Fans

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Plateau United goalkeeper, Chinedu Anozie has donated the sum of Twenty thousand naira (N20,000) to his fans to help in this difficult time.
The young goalkeeper gave out the sum of five thousand naira each to four followers to help them get something to eat amid the lockdown in Nigeria due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The ex-Abia Warriors and FC Ifeanyi Ubah has now joined Odion Ighalo and other celebrities who have helped their social media followers in this difficult time.
Anozie is enjoying a good season with Plateau United in the 2019/2020 Nigeria professional football league season and has helped them to the top of the table.
Anozie has kept ten clean sheets in the league this season, most by any goalkeepers in the league.

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George Buried Amid Tears In Lagos

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Rangers International of Enugu forward Ifeanyi George was finally buried last Saturday.
The remains of the late attacker were to rest at the Atan cemetery in Yaba, Lagos State, with few family and friends, present due to the global pandemic.
It would be recalled that the 26 years old lost his life after he was involved in a fatal accident while on his way to Lagos last week Sunday.
The accident occurred in Delta State and two other players in the vehicle also died along with him.
Ifeanyi George won the Nigerian professional football league title with Enyimba International of Aba and also part of the Rangers team that came back from three goals down to beat Kano Pillars in an epic Nigeria ‘s Federation cup back in 2017.

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