More than 30 countries have been confirmed to take part in the 2018 African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt from February 7 to 11.
Nigeria will be hosting the competition for the first time in history.
President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation Daniel Igali said the flags of the 54 wrestling countries in Africa were hoisted at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre, where the tournament will take place.
Igali said he was sure that Nigeria would host the competition successfully, adding that the country’s wrestlers would do well for the country to win the event.
“In the next few days, we will be hosting the whole of Africa in the wrestling event here at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre and it is important that as we host; we not only host well, but also host to win,.
More than 30 countries have confirmed that they will be in the country to participate with their wrestlers. But we hoisted the flags of all 54 nations of Africa that are expected to participate in the competition. All countries of the continent have to be recognised.”he said
Igali said the flag-hoisting ceremony signified friendship amongst participating nations as well as showing their culture.
He added, “The symbols of the countries are their flags. Their flags show their culture and national values. The ceremony is about friendship, it’s about the official signal of the tournament that is going to take place here in five days.
As we raise the flags, it signals that the competition is going to take place. It signals that it will be under the rules of the United World Wrestling.”