18th November, 2010
The Local Organisng Committee, LOC, of the Intercontinental Wrestling Championship,Â tagged BRF Wrestlemania 2010, says invited foreign stars will start arriving NigeriaÂ from Friday, 26 November.
The wrestling tourney, which is being organised to honour Governor Babatunde RajiÂ Fashola for his commitment to sports development in the state, will hold from 28Â November to 11 December.
General Coordinator of the championship, Alhaji Hammed Mohammed, told P.M.SportsÂ that the arrival dates of the wrestlers, who will be coming from Europe, Asia,Â America and other African states, have been fixed for 26 and 27 November.
Mohammed also disclosed that the LOC, headed by Primate Charles Odugbesi hasÂ concluded arrangements to send return tickets and 25 per cent of appearance fees toÂ the foreign wrestlers by tomorrow.
â€œTime is against us thatâ€™s why the LOC decided to send return tickets and partÂ payment of appearance fees to the 20 foreign wrestlers, who have been selected forÂ the tourney to give them the guarantee that the organisers are seriousÂ and readyÂ for the competition,â€ he said.
â€œWrestlers like Tyamupepe of Congo DR and Bing of Congo are already in the countryÂ preparing for the championship. When the foreign wrestlers start arriving, theyÂ would moveÂ straight to the Duban Hotel,Â Isheri Road, Ogba, Ikeja. So, we are setÂ for the championship and will stage a memorable one,â€ he said.
Mohammed further disclosed that as part of LOCâ€™s plan to sentisitise Lagosians onÂ the tournament, distribution of fliers has since commenced across major areas in theÂ Lagos metroplis and the eleven centres, where the championship will be staged.
â€œWe have also concluded plans to place banners of the tournament at the secretariatsÂ of all 57 local government councils and the Local Council Development Areas ofÂ theÂ state, while all the Managers of the 11 centres where the championship will beÂ staged across Lagos have received letters from us.
“There are some banners at the State House, Ikeja and the seat of Lagos StateÂ Government in Alausa, Ikeja.
“We are planning a road show on Saturday that will run from Teslim Balogun Stadium,Â Surulere to Mushin, Oshodi, Ikeja, Ketu, Falomo, Obalende, Race Course, TinubuÂ Square, Idumota, Apogbon, Ijora and ends at the stadium
â€œThe officials of Duban Hotel haveÂ also assured that they would give the wrestlersÂ the best hospitality during their stay in Nigeria,” Mohammed.