World Military Wrestling: Nigeria wrestlers win medals


The Nigerian Military Wrestlers have won a Gold and a Silver medal at the on-going 36th World Military Wrestling Championship, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Corporal Hannah Reuben beat her Italian contender in the 68 weight category of women’s freestyle wrestling to lift the gold medal

While Lance Copral Ojolaide Esther also got a silver medal in the 72 weight earlier at the event.

Their steadfastness pave off on Friday as both female wrestlers booked their names and that of Nigeria in a medal table of the ongoing 36th World Military Wrestling Championship.

However, the Armed Forces of Nigeria wrestling team made an indelible mark on the global stage, setting a record and garnering widespread acclaim. The medal was presented to Cpl Reuben by the Vice President of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), Mr. Dirk Shwede.

Recall that this is the first time the Armed Forces of Nigeria is securing a gold medal since participating at the CISM World Wrestling Championship. Another commendable performance was by Lance Copral Ojolaide Esther who got silver medal in the 72 weight earlier at the event.

A statement by the Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau said the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Major General Emmanuel Onumajuru who represented the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa and the Director of Sports, Defence Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Abidemi Timothy Marquis were present to witness the glory.

According to the statement, “The senior officers respectively maintained that the historic victory wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen CG Musa OFR, acknowledging his crucial role in the team’s success.”







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