Chairman House Committee on Sports Hon. Godfrey Gaiya (l) welcomes de Ultimate Commander to his office in Abuja.

Tagged the ‘Nelson Mandela Commonwealth Nations and America Unifying Championship,’ the event, which will hold in four countries, Nigeria, South Africa, the United States, Canada and Britain, will draw wrestlers from across the world.

According to the organisers, the event will begin in the South African cities of Johannesburg and Durban on July 18 and 20 respectively, hold in Lagos (July 25), Abia (July 27) and two cities in Britain on August 1 and 3, 2014.

On August 9 and 16, the championship will hold in the United States’ cities of Dallas and North Carolina on August 9 and 16, while the Canada leg on August 23 will round off the programme.

The competition, a collaboration involving the British Wrestling Federation (BWF), Universal Promotional Wrestling Federation (UPWF), the Ultimate Wrestling and Charity Organisation (TUWCO) and Satellite television broadcaster, SuperSport (World of Champions), has as members of the local organizing committee such notable Nigerians as former inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro and a former Minister of Sports, Alex Akinyele, as well as Bishop Piet Mako of South Africa.

According to a release made available to the media, the championship is aimed, among others, at immortalising former South African President, Nelson Mandela, a “man described by more than 90 world leaders as the greatest leader of all time, a man of peace and epitome of unity, born and raised in the African soil;

“To drum the friendship instrument between the Commonwealth nations and the America as it affects our children and the next generation;

“To take the message of peace and unity across the two divides and instigate its practice by the younger generation;

“To act as a veritable tool for rekindling the hope of the less privileged in our society, especially in the developing economy; and

“To re-enact the struggle of the late Dr. Nelson Mandela using the sport of professional wrestling.”


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