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United World Wrestling awards 2018 African Championships hosting rights to Port Harcourt

 
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (r) receiving the award letter for the hosting of the 2018 Senior, Junior and Cadet African Championship in Port Harcourt from the President of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Mr Daniel Igali at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday.
L-R: Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Mr Boma Iyaye, President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Mr Daniel Igali , Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo after the visit of the leadership of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation to Government House Port Harcourt to present the hosting right letter for the 2018 Senior, Junior and Cadet African Championship

The United World Wrestling has awarded the hosting rights for the 2018 Senior, Junior and Cadet African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt  between 7th and 11th February, 2018.

Announcing the approval of the hosting rights at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday during a visit to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  , President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali said the hosting  rights  is an affirmation that the hotels and security in the state meet international standards.
He said normally the different styles  are hosted in different cities, but the three styles will  be hosted in Port Harcourt next year.
He said: “This  event will bring the world to Rivers State.  This kind of major sporting event tells the world the type of capacity  that is available  in the state.
“We are expecting  about 40 countries, over 1000 athletes, coaches and referees. Since we are hosting all three styles, we are going to have 90 gold medals.
“We will  be hosting the Olympic qualifiers for the Junior Olympic which is taking place in Budapest.  This is a double header for Rivers State “.
He said Rivers State will be established  as a sports tourism state and a world business centre.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike thanked the leadership of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation for the honour done to the state.
He said that the State Government  will host the tournament  in line with the  approved standards  of the United World Wrestling.
The governor  announced  the process  for setting up of the Local Organising Committee in consultation with the Nigeria Wrestling Federation.
He said: “The preparation  will start now. This is a big honour , not only  for Rivers State but for the entire Niger Delta. This will make the entire world  know that Rivers State is safe.
” Rivers State  is  safe, that is why people are visiting the state .  This wrestling tournament will add an international dimension “.
The governor said that approved hotels will be informed to upgrade  their facilities.

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