By Kemi Akintokun
President of Nigeria Pro-Wrestling Federation (NPRF), John Uche, has reiterated the commitment of the organisation to revive the sporting activity in the country.
Uche disclosed this on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the Mock Wrestling Championship organised by the federation in Lagos.
He attributed the challenges facing pro-wrestling to lack of support by government and corporate organisations which had made competitions few and far between.
He said that the foregoing had stunted the progress of the once famous sporting activity in the country.
“Our mission and aspiration as a federation is geared toward reviving professional wrestling. This is why we have come up with this competition to engage wrestlers after so many years of inactivity.
“We will be needing the support of corporate bodies and the government in our quest to restore the lost glory of pro-wrestling in Nigeria,” he said.
Uche said that the federation wanted to use pro-wrestling to engage restive youths in order to discover some talents.
The president said that the event was organised as a pre-tournament for the federation’s forthcoming championship scheduled for May 2021 and tagged ‘BATTLEGROUND 2021’.
“This mock championship was put together as a pre-tournament to prepare our wrestlers ahead of our national championship that will be staged in six states in the country.
“What our wrestlers have showcased today is a tip of the iceberg when compared to what spectators will witness at the forthcoming championship,” he said.
Meanwhile in some of the bouts, Mighty Man defeated Young OKoko in a fight that lasted for five minutes, while Champan dislodged his opponent Lion Zion.
In the only female bout, Alexandra the Queen defeated Iron Lady Becky .(NAN)