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HEADLINE: Wrestling champs restart after extended Covid break

SUBHEADLINE: Talent in abundance
SHOULDER: Wrestling is back in full swing after making a post-Covid debut over the weekend.
BYLINE: Iréne-Mari van der Walt
The Namibia Wrestling Federation was overjoyed to once again host their wrestling championships after taking an extended break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are very excited; it was a good competition. We had a lot of tough wrestlers,” says Romeo Goliath, the Africa representative for the Namibia Wrestling Federation.

He notes that this event served as preparation for the senior, junior and cadet wrestlers to prepare for the upcoming continental championships in Cairo, Egypt.

According to Goliath, there was potential in abundance at the event.

“We have spotted some talents, because there were new wrestlers that started this year as well, and hopefully with the new clubs we are going to have more and more wrestlers. The schedule was packed and there were a lot of wrestlers that were excited to build the sport and grow the sport,” he says.

The wrestlers brought their best this past weekend as Goliath says, “the quality of wrestling was superb, especially on the part of the junior wrestlers who just came from the cadet category,” he says.

Ester Abraham, a wrestler who participated at the event, says she has been wrestling since she was in grade 4 after being inspired by her sisters to take up the sport.

“Today’s competition was really nice; I learnt a lot. I wrestled with a guy and I won which is experience for me for the African championships,” she says.

Abraham says her training regime for the Africa championships includes training 6 days a week.


Namibian Sun 2023-05-29

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