PRO BODY GOES TOUGH ON QUACK WRESTLERS
The Nigeria Professional Wrestling Federation says it will weed out quacks from its ranks, to reposition the sport in the country.
The Vice-President, Mr Steven Nesabageiyi, disclosed on Wednesday when he spoke with the the News Agency of Nigeria in Onitsha.
Nesabageiyi identified the absence of promoters and quack wrestlers as the bane of professional wrestling in the country.
He promised that the federation would weed out quacks from its ranks beginning from Aug. 1 after the inauguration in Abuja, of all the state chapters.
'We want to inaugurate NPWF state chapters, then from Aug. 1, we start to clamp down on illegal wrestlers as well as wrestling clubs or associations not registered with us.
'The clampdown will be done in conjunction with the 36 state police commands and we will be thorough in the exercise.''
Nesabageiyi said it had opened a website to facilitate the registration of promoters as well as offices in all states, where the public could get information on its activities.
He said the body would organise seminars and workshops for members to ensure their conduct met with professional standards and best practices.
He said the wrestlers would be properly graded based on their capabilities and weights.
He said the federation was hoping to tap into the huge money market of professional
wrestling by repositioning the sport in Nigeria.
“Wrestling home video cassettes sells more than any other type of cassettes, while wrestling cable channels are the most watched around the world.