Kingsley Nwezeh. in Abuja
Nigerian Military Wrestlers at the on-going 36th World Military Wrestling Championship at Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday clinched gold and silver medals respectively.
The feat was achieved by female wrestler, Corporal Hannah Reuben, who beat her Italian contender in the 68kg weight category of women’s freestyle wrestling to lift the gold medal.
A statement issued by the Director, Defence Information (DDI), Brigd Gen Tukur Gusau, said the wrestling team made an indelible mark on the global stage, setting a record and garnering widespread acclaim.
The medal was presented to Cpl Reuben by the Vice President of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), Mr. Dirk Shwede.
The statement noted that this was the first time the Armed Forces of Nigeria secured a gold medal since participating at the CISM World Wrestling Championship.
Another commendable performance was by Lance Corporal Ojolaide Esther who won silver medal in the 72kg weight category earlier at the event.
The Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj Gen Emmanuel Onumajuru,vwho represented the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Christopher Musa and the Director of Sports, Defence Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Abidemi Timothy Marquis, were present to witness the glory.
The senior officers respectively maintained that the historic victory wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of the Chief of Defence Staff, acknowledging his crucial role in the team’s success.