Akwa Ibom Wrestling Association Board has expressed its commitment towards rebuilding and repositioning the association towards discovering new talents, developing them and ensuring that the association with over 30 medals potentials is placed in good stead ahead of the 2020 National Sports Festival and other competitions.
In a communiquÃ© issued at the end of its meeting which took place on December 22, 2019 at De Venus in Uyo and signed by the media officer, Sammy Etuk, it promised to work assiduously with the state director of sports, Coach Lawrence Iquaibom, and the entire staff of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to evolve a strong wrestling team that will make the state proud, while soliciting desired cooperation.
On the state of the sport, the board noted that without the basic facility it would be difficult for the association to successfully prepare athletes for major competitions and appealed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to assist the association to acquire a standard wrestling mat, relocate training to a wider gym and supply needed equipment to the athletes, especially training gear and wears.
As a matter of urgent demand, the board directed wrestling coaches to commence recruitment of strong and reliable athletes ahead of the 2020 National Sports Festival considering the number of medals the sport parades, which include 30 gold, 30 silver and 60 bronze medals, as wrestling is a traditional Akwa Ibom sport.
It recommended to the State Sports Council to approve a two-day open invitational trials and invite athletes of repute nationwide to attend the event in Uyo * on January 17, -18, 2020.
The board appealed to corporate sponsors, individuals and other organizations and stakeholders to assist in sponsoring various wrestling programmes and championships designed by the association for 2020 to uplift the sport in the state.
While congratulating Gov Udom Emmanuel on the 2019 governorship election victory at the apex court, the board commended him for his untiring contributions and interest in the development of sports in the state as well as saluted the commissioner for sports, Sir Monday Uko and the senior special assistant to the governor on sports, Mr Paul Bassey, for the successful inauguration of sports associations in the state.
The board also expressed thanks to the authorities for finding them worthy to serve as members of the wrestling association, while also expressing gratitude to all sports stakeholders and congratulated members for accepting to serve in the association's board, but appealed for genuine contributions to the success of the association.