From Spain to Germany: Nigerian wrestlers embark on last coaching camp forward of 2024 Olympic video games


The Nigeria wrestling contingent have departed Madrid, Spain for Germany, marking their last coaching camp earlier than the upcoming Olympic Video games in Paris, France.

Throughout their time in Madrid, Nigerian wrestlers competed within the Spanish Grand Prix, a pre-Olympic match, the place Esther Kolawole within the 62kg class and Ogunsanya Christinah within the 53kg class secured bronze medals for Crew Nigeria. Ogunsanya defeated her USA counterpart Brianne Gonzales with a convincing 10-0 victory, whereas Kolawole triumphed over Sweden’s Johanna Lindborg with an 8-0 rating.

Nevertheless, multiple-time world medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye confronted a setback, dropping on technical grounds (4-4) within the quarterfinals to Norway’s Othile Gap. Equally, African champion Hannah Reuben misplaced her opening bout (0-3) to Colombia’s Tatiana R.

Reflecting on the staff’s efficiency, feminine head coach Akuh Purity emphasised the optimistic features of the match. “It was outing for our women within the sense that it provided us a chance to determine areas we have to enhance on,” Purity said. “It additionally offered the wrestlers with precious aggressive expertise, though not underneath the identical circumstances as Paris. We now have a transparent understanding of the place we have to focus our efforts.”

Earlier than their departure, Nigeria Wrestling Federation President Daniel Igali charged the staff, led by Secretary Normal Mohammed H. Maigidansanma, to glean technical insights from their experiences in Madrid. This strategic strategy goals to boost their preparation for the upcoming challenges on the Olympic Video games.

The coaching camp in Germany serves as the ultimate stage for Crew Nigeria to refine their abilities and techniques earlier than heading to Paris, the place they are going to compete towards the world’s greatest in Olympic wrestling.

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