February 29, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
President of Sierra Leone Wrestling Association (SLWA), Prince Sualley, says they are in desperate need of funds to enable them compete in forthcoming senior Africa Wrestling Championship.
The 2016 Africa Championship is scheduled to hold from 3-7 March in Alexandra, Egypt and the SLWA are unsure whether they will compete in the tournament, which will serve as one of the qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“Our participation is still unclear because we are yet to get full confirmation from those we have asked for support,” Sualley said, adding that they are still in need of a Good Samaritan ahead of their departure on 3 March.
Sierra Leone Wrestlers have enjoyed good outings in the African championship, with the duo of Abdulai Salam and Hajaratu Kanu eyeing their fourth successive titles in the continental showpiece.
The pair has won medals in all their previous three outings at the African championship. In Marrakesh, Morocco Salam won a bronze medal in the 74kg Greco Roman style, while Hajaratu secured bronze in the Olympic qualifiers.
Their last success came in Tunis with Hajaratu securing a silver medal in the 75kg female bout, whilst Salam fought in the 75kg Greco Roman style category and took the bronze medal.