The absence of funds could stop the Team Nigeria from participating in the 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships slated for Hammamet, Tunisia from March 26-31.
It was gathered that Nigeria Wrestling Federation is yet to purchase the licences of her wrestlers and secure accommodation fees ahead of the continental championships for Cadets, Juniors and Seniors, with the registration of athletes set to close on Tuesday, March 5.
Recall that Nigeria emerged overall champions of the tournament it hosted in Port Harcourt; claiming victory in both the Freestyle (men) and Women’s Wrestling.
The women recorded the same feat in the female category when her athletes won 9 of the available 10 gold medals, in addition to a silver medal.
Nigeria also paraded no fewer than 25 reigning African Champions in the different weight classes at the moment.
Amongst them are Blessing Oborududu, Aminat Adeniyi, Odunayo Adekuoroye, Hannah Reuben, Mercy Genesis, Emmanuel Nworie, Bose Samuel, Ifeoma Nwoye, Sunmisola Balogun, Amas Daniel, Emmanuel Ogbonnya John and Ekerekemo Agiomor.
Failure to compete at the continental showpiece in Hammamet will lead to automatic disqualification from the 2019 World Championships in Kazakhstan in September since the African Championships is a qualifier for the global event.
This will reduce Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan because the World Championships is the first qualification tournament for the multi-sport fiesta.
If team Nigeria fails to make it to the tournament, it will be the first-time-ever that the country will be missing out of the continental event it has dominated over the years.