President of South Africa-based World Wrestling Professionals, organisers of the Commonwealth Champion of Champions Wrestling Championship, Mark Beale, will arrive in Nigeria today to meet with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the championship, as well as Sports Minister, Isa Bio, to discuss the arrangements for the championship scheduled to hold in the country in August.
While in Nigeria Beale will also meet with Information Minister, Dora Akunyili, officials of Nigeria Tourism development Corporation (NTDC), as well as some state governors, including Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, among other top government officials.
According to Bealeâ€™s itinerary made available to The Guardian, the WWP boss with arrive in Lagos this evening and go straight to a reception in his honour at the instance of the Lagos arm of the LOC.
According to the Project Director, Emeka Inyama, â€œBeale will head to Abuja on Wednesday morning for a meeting of the LOC, which has as members such prominent Nigerians as General Ike Nwachukwu (rtd), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Chief S.N Okeke, Chief Alex Akinyele, among others.
â€œThe meeting will afford the opportunity to getting to know how serious Nigeria is with hosting the championship, the logistics already put into place and other sundry issues needed to be sorted before such a big championship.
â€œIn his entourage will be some wrestlers from member countries of the Commonwealth, including Nigerian-born South Africa-based wrestler, Kilimanjaro, among others.â€
The Guardian recalls that African heavyweight champion, Osita Offor, also known as De Ultimate Commander, was billed to defend his WWP title against Joe Legend in Nigeria last year, but the fight could not hold due to logistics problems. The WWP has now moved the fight to South Africa.
Inyama explained that the Commonwealth Champion of Champions Loc was determined to ensure the competition holds successfully hence the concerted efforts to get patriotic Nigerians to support.
â€œWe need to show the WWP that the government and people of Nigeria support the championship by showing commitment to its organization here,â€ Inyama said.