28th September, 2010
In a bid to show its seriousness about the staging of the Intercontinental WrestlingÂ Championship in Lagos, Nigeria from 30 October to 13 November, the Local OrganisingÂ Committee, LOC, has sent notification letters to Nigerian foreign missions across theÂ world.
According to the General Coordinator of the tournament tagged BRF Wrestlemania 2010,Â Alhaji Hameed Mohammed, the letters were sent to Nigerian High Commissions and EmbassiesÂ in order to facilitate the procurement of visas for the foreign wrestlers who willÂ feature in the championship organised to honour Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola for hisÂ effort to develop sports in the country.
Alhaji Mohammed told P.M.Sports at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State atÂ the weekend that the letters, which have been dispatched through courier, will reach theÂ High Commissions and the Embassies before the end of this week.
â€œAs part of our efforts to let Nigerians know that the BRF Wrestlemania 2010 is not aÂ fake, we have begun to notifyÂ Nigerian High Commissions and Embassies where the foreignÂ wrestlers are resided so that they wonâ€™t have problems getting visas to come for theÂ championship
â€œSome of the countries we have dispatched the letters to are Cameroon, Congo DR, CongoÂ Brazzaville, Angola, Central Africa Republic, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Libya.
â€œOthers are United Kingdom, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Canada, MexicoÂ USA, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirate, UAE and Japan,â€ he said.
He revealed that the letters to the Nigerian foreign missions highlighted what the LOCÂ headed by Primate Charles Odugbesi have provided for theÂ wrestlers participating in theÂ tourney. These include provision of return tickets, accommodation with hotel reservationÂ at Durban Hotels, Lagos, adequate security and group accident insurance cover.
â€œWe haveÂ sentÂ the letters to the High Commissions and Embassies of the wrestlers hereÂ in Nigeria so that they too will know what we are doing. Iâ€™m glad to say that theseÂ EmbassiesÂ have been cooperating with us,â€ said Alhaji Mohammed.