Team Nasarawa Win More Medals At National Sports Festival
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Nasarawa State is showing no sign of slowing down in their medal pursuit as they amassed two more medals on Day Eight at the ongoing National Sports Festival holding in Asaba, the Delta State Capital.
Though this year’s Sports Festival was upgraded to accommodate elite and professional athletes, it has, however, not swayed the performance nor quest of Team Nasarawa to win medals and leave lasting imprints on the sands of Nigerian sports.
Team Nasarawa’s medals on Wednesday were won by two athletes in the same Sport, Wrestling.
Emmanuel Haruna settled for the Bronze Medal in the 63kg Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling Event through technical knockout against his Delta State counterpart.
Shortly after, Richard Ebidou narrowly missed the opportunity to win Team Nasarawa’s first Gold medal at the Festival after he lost in the final of the 70kg Men’s Freestyle Wrestling Event.
However, Wednesday’s acquisitions bring to fifteen(15) the total number of medals won by Team Nasarawa so far at the biannual multi-sport fiesta, which also include four Silver and eleven Bronze Medals, respectively.
In Boxing, Habeeb Obayomi is through to the Final of the Men’s 57k Boxing Event slated for Thursday.
He out-muscled his Niger State counterpart, Quazim Quyum, 3-2 in the Semi-Finals.
In Tennis, the duo of Shehu Lawal and Sani Yau have advanced to the Semi-Finals and medals’ stage in the Men’s Tennis Doubles Event after they overwhelmed Team Lagos 7-5; 7-5(2-0).
The Quarter-finals Tennis Mixed Doubles match comprising Shehu Lawal and Loveth Ogah will equally hold on Thursday in the morning at the Grand Hotel, Asaba.
The pair had earlier beaten Team F.C.T, Abuja 6-1; 6-2(2-0) in the round of sixteen clash.
Elliot Happiness will get into action for Team Nasarawa in the Women’s 50kg Wrestling Event on Thursday, morning.
Finally, in Karate, Team Nasarawa will participate in the Kumite Event in virtually all categories of the sport.
The entire State’s Women’s team shall feature in the Kumite Event slated for Thursday morning while the Men’s athletes will get into competitive engagement on Friday.
In Athletics, Saifula Ramalan will be on the track in the 800m Men’s Event on Thursday.
Hamza Zakari and Philibus Sharubutu will participate in the Marathon race on Friday as well as Francis James on the same date and venue.