In a continuation of the Lagos state government’s drive towards using sports as a tool for development, plans are underway to mark the first anniversary of Governor Akinwumi Ambode with an intercontinental professional Wrestling championship.
The Nigerian Wrestling Federation (NWF), in conjunction with the current World Wrestling Federation, is putting together the fiesta tagged tagged A+A Intercontinental Wrestle Force.
NWF president, Prince Olarenwaju Mohammed said the first-of-its kind event is a projection of the good governance of Ambode’s administration to the outside world.
“Our plan is to project Lagos to the outside world that the state is peaceful despite all the negative reports in the international media. I always tell people that we cannot quantify the benefits of staging international competitions in our community like the recently held Lagos City Marathon.
“We have renowned wrestling champions Hulk Hogan and Undertaker to be part of the show. Hogan specifically told us that he would like to come to Lagos once in his lifetime to see how the city looks like,” he said
Former wrestling champion Mohammed also stated that the show to be staged in 14 centres across all three senatorial districts of the state will attract wrestlers from different parts of the world.
“The reason we are having the championship in multiple centres is to bring wrestling closer to the people at the grassroots. We want our people to see those wrestling stars who they normally watch on television live at their domain.
“These centres include Epe, Alimosho, Badagry, Ojo, Ikorodu, Ikeja, Ifako Ijaiye, Agboyi Ketu, Eti Osa, Oshodi Isolo, Yaba-Mainland, Lagos Island, Surulere, while the grand finale will hold in Agege,” he said.
The Publicity Committee will embark on a series of events to bring awareness to the show which is slated for May.