NYESOM WIKE NATIONAL WRESTLING COMPETITION: TEAM ANAMBRA SWEEPS MEDALS
By MaryAnn Chioma Chukwuma
Awka, Dec. 6, 2017 – The Anambra State Head of Service (HOS), Mr Harry Udu has commended the Anambra State team to the just-concluded Gov. Nyesom Wike National Competition for making the state proud.
A team of 10 wrestlers attended the event that was staged in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and competed in 10 weight categories.
The team returned with medals, now dedicated to Gov. Willie Obiano for his victory at the just-concluded Gubernatorial Polls.
Receiving the Chairman and Members of the association at Chief Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka, Mr Udu praised the efforts of the wrestlers as well as executive members of the association, for making the state proud in this first outing.
He thanked Gov. Obiano for fulfilling his promises of providing support and the enabling environment for youths and sports development to thrive in the state.
Udu praised the managerial abilities of the governor through which prosperity had returned to Anambra.
He welcomed members of the association and promised that through the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Dr Uju Nwogu, their welfare packages would get to them.
Presenting the three gold and two silver medals to Head of Service, Udu, the Chairman wrestling association, and the Permanent Secretary Establishment, Pension and Management Services, Office of the Head of Service, Mr Tony Ezenwaka expressed his joy at the success of the association.
He said that notwithstanding that the association just took off, but had performed marvellously in their inaugural outing.
Ezenwaka, then, praised the wrestlers for their diligence and hard work, while calling on youths to join the association for their own development.
He, then, thanked the governor for laying a foundation for development of sports associations and for being faithful with release of training allowances and grants without which such success would not have been achieved.
Ezenwaka, however, appealed to government not to relent in funding sports, so that Anambra would assume their rightful place at the national level and indeed internationally.
The Acting Director, Sports Planning, Ministry of Youths and Sports and former coach of the association, Emeka Obidimma, Coach, Usman Aliyu and Justina Okoli, Secretary of the association, thanked the government and executive members for their support, and pledged not to relent in performing their duties.
Coach Aliyu then gave the names of the athletes
as Ifeoma Nwoye, Rosemary Nweke, Emeka Nwafor, Ikechukwu Okafor and Kenechukwu