President of the Sierra Leone Wrestling Association (SLWA), Prince Sualley has said that their planned ‘schools wrestling project’ would be one of the association biggest challenge this year.
In an exclusive interview with Songhai Sports Network, the SLWA President said his association is planning to expand the sport beyond its current status in the country and one of their big moves is reaching out to the secondary schools.
He said: “We are trying to work on a project with our international partners- which also include our world federation; the United World Wrestling (UWW) federation to help us with experts in kids training and training for trainers.”
The SLWA president further revealed that competing in African Championship which comes up in this year is another key challenge for them.
According to Sualley, the Africa Championship comes up in Alexandria, Egypt in May this year and it will serve as qualifiers for both the Septembers World Championship in Las Vega and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“The African Championship is a challenge for us because securing funds to enable our wrestlers compete in such tournament had always been a big challenge. Failure to compete in this year’s tournament implies we will be out of both the Olympic Games and the World championship,” Sualley said.
He however expressed gratitude to Mercury International for their support over the years.