Wrestling: Adekouroye, 4 others off to Rome for ranking series




Reigning world bronze medalist Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) and Commonwealth champion Blessing Oborududu (68kg), will be joined by three other elite female wrestlers to the 2020 Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series tournament in the Italian city of Rome.
The competition is expected to serve as part of preparations for the Olympics Games holding in Japan in July. 


The three other wrestlers featuring at the event are multiple African and Commonwealth champion Aminat Adeniyi (62kg), Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg) and Mercy Genesis (50kg), who both won gold and silver medals respectively at the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar last year.


The wrestlers, along with head coach of the female national team Purity Akuh, will depart the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos on Tuesday, 14th January aboard an Egypt Air flight ahead of the tournament which runs from January 15 to 18.
In Rome, the five wrestlers – all gold medalists at the 12th African Games in Morocco – will be contesting for crucial ranking points which will boost their seedings at the 2020 Olympics in Japan later this year.


The tournament is also expected to put the wrestlers in good shape prior to the 2020 African Championships in Algeria early next month and the Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifier in El Jadida, Morocco, which will take place in March.


Former world No. 1 Adekuoroye is the only Nigerian wrestler to have secured a berth at the Tokyo Games, with Oborududu missing out by whiskers at the 2019 World Championships in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.
However, the Nigeria Wrestling Federation is hopeful that more seven athletes will join her to Tokyo when the Olympic qualifier gets underway in Morocco

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