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Stranded Nigerian wrestlers finally depart for Paris

The contingent had experienced flight delay in the hands of Air Maroc in the early hours of yesterday and had to find alternative. The wrestlers, including Odunayo Adekuoroye, Aminat Adeniyi and Blessing Oburududu, are supposed to compete on August 23.

Reprieve finally came the way of the Nigerian contingent to the World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France, who had a flight delay, as they finally departed for the competition yesterday aboard Air Ethiopia, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The contingent had experienced flight delay in the hands of Air Maroc in the early hours of yesterday and had to find alternative. The wrestlers, including Odunayo Adekuoroye, Aminat Adeniyi and Blessing Oburududu, are supposed to compete on August 23.

The three, according to the President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Daniel Igali, are to weigh in for the competition this afternoon. Igali, told NAN on telephone from Paris that when the wrestlers got to the airport in the early hours of yesterday, they were told that Air Maroc had a defective aircraft on Sunday.

He said that because the aircraft was small, it only picked a few passengers for Sunday, leaving those for 4 a.m. flight yesterday stranded.

However, in a twist of events, the NWF said it had secured four tickets aboard Ethiopia Airlines aircraft to convey some of the country’s contingent to the championships.

Igali told NAN on telephone from Paris that three wrestlers and a coach would now travel yesterday evening. “We have been able to get four new tickets on Ethiopia Airlines for them. They should hopefully arrive in Paris by 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

“The wrestlers are Odunayo Adekuoroye, Aminat Adeniyi, Blessing Oborududu and Purity Akuh their coach,’’ he said. Adekuoroye, Adeniyi and Oburududu will undergo their weigh in exercise tomorrow compete tomorrow.



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