The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) has extolled the Liberia Wrestling Federation (LWF) for the success of its inaugural free-style wrestling seminar in the country.
Mr. Charles Dumont, the head of its International Wrestling Development hailed local wrestling governing body on behalf of FILA.
“We are happy to find that the course went very well,” Mr. Dumont wrote to the Liberia Wrestling Federation.
The president of LWF, Mr. George B. Gould in an interview said the letter came as a surprise and challenge to the federation to develop and practice what was learnt.
He expressed his thanks and appreciation to the FILA for the ‘pat on the back’ and promised to develop and promote wrestling in the country.
He said the first-time ever 6-day training, which brought together coaches, referees and wrestlers from schools and universities, is another way to promote the game.
The wrestling boss thanked the International Olympic Committee for the sponsorship, which was done in consultation with FILA through the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC).
Gould said the facilitator, former Nigerian wrestling champion Victor Kodei, was up to the task to impart the necessary but basic free-style wrestling techniques to the participants.
The 6-day training ran from the 13th to the 18th of January, 2014 at the Sports Commission and was climaxed with an exhibition and certification program at the SKD gymnasium.
Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray and Sylvester Williams, Special Assistant to Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Lenn Nagbe were amongst officials who graced the occasion.
Schools that participated in the seminar were Tubman High, G. W. Gibson, J.J. Roberts, D. Twe, E.J. Goodridge, Haywood Mission, Matilda Newport, Paynesville Community School, A. Glenn Tubman Junior High School and the University of Liberia (UL).
Expert Kodei is a 14-time Africa champion (undisputed), 5-time Commonwealth champion and 4-time Olympics champion. He was also a champion in Free-Style wrestling.
Meanwhile, wrestling has been readmitted in the 2020 Olympic Games.